Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has announced his support and co-sponsorship this month of the “National Right to Work Act,” legislation crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
The measure would repeal discriminatory clauses in federal law that currently allow workers to be forced to join a union and pay union dues as a condition of employment.
“Workers should never be forced to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment,” Scott said. “South Carolina and 23 other states have passed Right to Work laws which ensure workers aren’t forced to join a union or pay dues against their will. It’s no surprise that states like South Carolina, in part because of our Right to Work status, are seeing improvements in real personal income and average annual employment.”
According to Scott, these laws have helped boost investment and job growth, with manufacturing employment one-third higher in non-unionized than unionized states.
The “National Right to Work Act” is also co-sponsored by 13 other senators.