Republican lawmakers will introduce legislation Wednesday aimed at taking on labor unions.
According to the Washington Examiner, the national right-to-work legislation would protect workers who do not wish to support a union. If passed, it could potentially result in millions of Americans giving up their union membership.
The measure, which would be tacked onto the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act, is sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Steve King of Iowa.
"At least 80 percent of Americans are opposed to forcing employees to pay dues as a condition of their employment, and our bill would protect workers by eliminating the forced-dues clauses in federal statute," Wilson told the Examiner.
"Right-to-work states, like South Carolina, have seen first-hand that job creation and economic growth comes from expanded freedoms. We need to expand common-sense reforms, like those in the National Right to Work Act to protect American workers and create jobs."
Twenty-eight states already have laws in place that allow workers to opt out of joining a labor union that would otherwise be a requirement for their employment.
Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's choice to serve as secretary of education, is being touted as someone who would take on the powerful teachers' unions.
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