Labor should wrap its arms around the Constitution

Labor should wrap its arms around the Constitution

Workers have the right to start, join, and support unions. That right is enforced under U.S. law through the National Labor Relations Act. However, the American right and freedom to unionize is more fundamental than any law. In fact, the right to unionize is so fundamental that it’s protected by the very the U.S. Constitution.

Specifically, the freedom to join together in unions is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, which includes the freedom of association.

Every time politicians pass laws making it harder to join a union or an employer utilizes union-busting tactics, they’re not just infringing on workers’ legal rights, they’re infringing on our constitutional rights, too. That is inexcusable and has been tolerated far too long.

The labor movement must wrap its arms around the Constitution, because the Constitution is inherently pro-union. Let us not ever forget the first three words of our nation’s most fundamental guiding document: “We the people.”

If American workers are going to be empowered to start unions, unionists must be confident in the inalienable right to a union under the Constitution. So, please repeat after us, “my right to a union is constitutional and anyone who infringes on that right is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

 

 

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