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Texas' Economy Thrives Despite Unionism

March 4, 2015

Increasingly, studies have shown workers of all classes are benefitting from the low cost environment in Texas. Many social scientists and lawmakers point to this being one of the principle reasons why Texas is experiencing growth that consistently outperforms the national average. As a result, Texas has been the primary destination for domestic migrants since 2006.

Additionally, while Texas boasts lows costs, low taxes and plenty of jobs, what the Lone Star state does not have much of, however, is unions

Keeping unionism voluntary is beneficial but additional safeguards are now needed. Several safety measures include:

  • Prohibit the automatic deduction of union dues from public workers' paychecks.
  • Empower employees to go to court to seek injunctive relief against union officials and employers who violate Texas' Right to Work law.
  • Eliminate all practices and re­peal all provisions in Texas law that are inconsistent with Texas' ban on exclusive union bargain­ing for public employees, such as the "exclusive consultation" loophole used by some school districts and provisions that al­low collective bargaining of cer­tain municipal employees.
  • Prohibit employers from hand­ing over employees' names, ad­dresses, and other personal in­formation to union organizers.
  • Specify that union officials may not accompany government employees on inspections of private businesses without the consent of the owner unless the union is already established as front-line employees' exclusive bargaining agent.

Considering Texas' current growth and the prosperity, lawmakers could secure economic stability by not electing to adopt policies that enable unionization.

Source: Stanley Greer, "State Labor-Management Policy and the Texas Model," Texas Public Policy Foundation, February 2015. 


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