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Jeff Jacoby

Right-to-work laws stand for choice

Soon - perhaps today - Governor Mitch Daniels will sign legislation making Indiana the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state. Labor unions angrily oppose the change, but their opposition has no legitimate or principled basis.

State right-to-work laws, authorized by the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, are not anti-union. They are pro-choice: They protect workers from being forced to join or pay fees to a labor union as a condition of keeping a job. In non-right-to-work states, employees who work in a “union shop’’ are compelled to fork over part of each paycheck to a labor organization - even if they want nothing to do with unions, let alone to be represented by one.

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