Months after Republican primary voters sent a clear mandate that they want to end collusion between government and unions, 96 percent of delegates to the Republican Party of Texas convention also supported Paycheck Protection reforms.

The wildly popular “Right to Work” plank reads:

“We oppose the Employee Free Choice Act (Card Check) and any action that eliminates the secret ballot or requires an employee to be forced to join or pay dues to any organization. Texas should prohibit governmental entities from collecting dues for labor union dues through deductions from public employee pay checks. We also encourage the adoption of a National Right To Work Act.”

Although the Texas Senate passed a bill to end government-union collusion last session in the form of S.B. 1968, its House counterpart died at the hands of liberal leadership hoping to placate their Democrat base.

Since last session there has been some advancement on addressing the issue. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tasked a Senate interim committee with studying and issuing recommendations on the controversial practice, and as previously mentioned, both Republican primary voters and convention delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of ending the ability of government to aid unions.

It’s time for House Republicans to follow the Senate’s lead and listen to the demands of grassroots activists across the state who demand action on preventing the government from aiding politically active organizations that donate to liberals in both parties.

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.


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