Bruce Castor Announces Support For Right To Work

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, who some are touting to take on Gov. Corbett in the 2014 GOP primary, has penned support for right to work.

Right to work means unions can't make an employer deduct union dues or service fees from an employee's check. The money to pay for the salaries of union leaders must be given voluntarily without compulsion. It's about time a Republican came out in support of the worker and against special interests.

Thank you, Bruce.

Below is the letter:

By his recent signing of legislation making Michigan the 24th state to prohibit unions from forcing workers to join and pay dues, Rick Snyder joined Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as a beacon of leadership.

The measure approved by Gov. Snyder, known as Right to Work, will give the Wolverine State a much-needed economic boost. The premise is simple: giving workers freedom makes them more prosperous. Research by the Commonwealth Foundation shows that Right-to-Work states, on average, have higher employment and per-capita income (adjusting for cost of living) than forced unionism states.

Another key component of worker freedom is paycheck protection, which protects public sector union members from having dues automatically deducted from their paychecks. It also prevents their dues money from being used for political purposes without their consent. Paycheck protection holds public sector unions fully accountable to their members, which ensures they get the greatest amount of take-home pay possible while getting the level of representation they want.

With Pennsylvania's economy and personal income growth lagging, it's time to give our workers the freedom they want and deserve to prosper. It's mind-boggling that we are still a forced unionism state when nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of our residents favor right-to-work legislation, according to a 2011 survey by the Manhattan Institute.

All that is needed to give our workers freedom and more prosperity is the kind of leadership and courage that has been shown in Michigan and Wisconsin.


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