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Congressman Mo Brooks Praises Alabama Right to Work Laws in House Floor Speech

April 20, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC— Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) delivered a compelling House Floor speech touting Alabama’s Right to Work laws and the freedom and liberty on which they are based.

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Full speech text follows:

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, employees at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment facility rejected unionization by a 1,798 to 738 vote. That’s a monumental 70% against unions to a meager 30% for unions.[1]

Bam! That kind of vote sends a powerful anti-union, pro-liberty message to America and the world!

I applaud Amazon’s Bessemer employees for rejecting unionization attempts by out-of-state agitators, from the President to Hollywood actors and on down.

A primary reason why Amazon chose to locate nearly 6,000 good-paying jobs in Alabama is Alabama’s non-union reputation.

Alabama maintains that reputation after Bessemer’s overwhelming anti-union vote— thus, ensuring companies will relocate even more good-paying jobs from union states up north into Alabama.

Alabama is a Right to Work state. What does “Right to Work” mean?

Right to Work laws protect citizens from being forced, FORCED, against their will, to join a union, pay union dues, and subject themselves to union bosses. 

Alabama’s Right to Work status gives Alabama a strong economic advantage over forced union states.

For example, 69% of jobs “reshored” from overseas back into America between 2010 and 2019 have gone to Right to Work states.[2]

U.S. Commerce Department data, adjusted for cost of living differences, reveal that 2019’s manufacturing jobs pay in Right to Work states averaged $83,000 per employee — $4,000 more than in forced union states.

That is a big difference in pay!

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Right to Work states’ overall job growth was a robust 11% over the past decade versus a meager 2.4% in forced union states.

When that data is limited to manufacturing jobs only, Right to Work states over the past decade enjoyed a very good 9.1% increase in manufacturing jobs while forced union states had a horrible 0.2% cut in manufacturing jobs!

Better yet, 2018 Census data reveals that after-tax mean income per household, after cost of living adjustment, was $64,572 in Right to Work states versus $60,244 in forced union states.

That’s, on average, $4,328 more real, adjusted for cost of living, income per capita in Right to Work versus union states!

That is a huge difference!

So, Mr. Speaker, the economic data clearly proves that Right to Work laws benefit workers!

Consistent with that economic prosperity and desire for freedom and liberty – after all – no one likes being told what they can and cannot do – 74% of Americans say they support Right to Work laws according to a recent Gallup poll.[3]

Despite overwhelming American support for Right to Work laws, dictatorial Socialists in March rammed through the House a bill that repeals all Right to Work laws in America.

Worse yet, dictatorial Socialists seek to use President Biden’s infrastructure bill to slip in a provision that repeals all Right to Work laws in America.

I hope neither of these terrible, dictatorial bills ever reach President Biden’s desk. Certainly, I will vote against them and I will vote for freedom, liberty, and protection of America’s Right to Work Laws.

Mr. Speaker, America would be stronger if more states would enact Right to Work laws.

I encourage citizens and elected officials to promote Right to Work laws, freedom of choice, and the freedom and liberty Right to Work laws represent.

I yield back.

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[1] National Labor Relations Board, April 9, 2021, “NLRB Announces Results in Amazon Election.” https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-announces-results-in-amazon-election

[2] National Institute for Labor Relations Research, “Right to Work Benefits”, Spring 2021. https://brooks.house.gov/sites/brooks.house.gov/files/Right%20to%20Work%20Benefits%20Spring%202021%20draft%20--%20PDF.pdf

[3] Gallup, Jeffrey Jones, August 28, 2014. Americans Approve of Unions but Support "Right to Work.” https://news.gallup.com/poll/175556/americans-approve-unions-support-right-work.aspx