Meet the Union Organizers: Stealth Labor Campaigns May Be Coming to Such Right-to-Work States as Texas
One of the Obama administration's first legislative priorities will be the passage of the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Once EFCA becomes law, unionization will no longer be a concern primarily for employers in the industrial Midwest. Instead, unionization will be thrust upon right-to-work states such as Texas. EFCA is not just bad policy, it will end this state's competitive advantage as a low-tax, union-free environment that encourages businesses to locate here and provide jobs for Texans.
States such as Texas have benefited from remaining a right-to-work state. Coupled with the state's favorable tax laws, Texas remains an attractive place for businesses to locate. EFCA will change that, as unions infiltrate all types of businesses, including hotels, restaurants, auto dealerships and hospitals. Texas will become a less favorable place for businesses to locate, and without domestic union-free safe havens, business relocation and outsourcing to foreign countries will increase.
This article appeared in the November 15, 2008 issue of the Houston Chronicle.