Big Temporary Networks

William Herrin bill at
Tue Sep 18 23:04:22 UTC 2012

On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM, Robert Bonomi <bonomi at> wrote:
> 'Right to work', as defined by section 14 B of the Taft-Hartley Act, only
> prevents a union contract that requiures union membership as a PRE-REQUISITE
> for being hired.  What is called  'closed shop' -- where employment is
> closed to those who are not union members.
> It does -not- prevent a 'union ship' -- where employees are required to
> join the union within a reasonable period =after= being hired.

The Taft-Hartley Act outlawed closed shops nationwide. It further
authorized individual states to outlaw union shops and/or agency
shops. 23 states, including my fine home state of Virginia, have done

> Right-to-work also does not prevent an organization from requiring, by
> contractual agreement, that third parties performing work ON THE
> 0ORGANIZATION'S PREMISES, employ "union labor" for _that_ work.  It
> cannot specify _what_ union (or local) however.

In Illinois, which has not enacted a state right-to-work law, that's
correct. In Virginia, which has, there was just recently a big
hullabaloo where the airports authority tried (and spectacularly
failed) to place a union preference rule in their contracting process
where bids from union shops would have a 10% preference versus bids
from non union shops.

Bill Herrin

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