Eliot Spitzer slaps down Lou Dobbs for ‘right-to-work’ falsehood

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, December 13, 2012 23:09 EDT
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Spitzer on 'Viewpoint'
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Current TV host Eliot Spitzer called out Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Thursday night for falsely claiming that so-called “right-to-work” laws prevented employees from being forced to join a union.

“Despite the president’s misleading suggestions to the contrary, Michigan workers still tonight have the right to form and join a union,” Dobbs said on Tuesday. “They still have the right to bargain collectively, and what this law changes is forced union membership. I repeat, forced union membership.”

Spitzer pointed out that federal laws already prohibit workers from being forced to join a union as a condition of employment.

The “right-to-work” laws like the one recently approved in Michigan prohibit unions from collecting agency fees, which cover the cost of collective bargaining for non-union workers. The “right-to-work” laws allow employees to benefit from collective bargaining agreements without contributing anything to the union.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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