Representative Brad Tschida of Missoula is bringing forward the first anti union bill since 2015. His aim with HB 323 is to further cripple public employee unions by going a few steps farther than the Janus case that Tschida and his kind were certain would be the death blow to unions across the country. Most of what he’s packed into this poorly written and somewhat confusing bill is already the law of the land. Seems like a waste of time. Or maybe Tshida’s handlers have the forethought to see that some day the tide could turn back against them.
Of course his title seems harmless enough ‘An act providing for free association…’. Free, yes it says ‘free’. Now think about this for a minute. Tschida and his ilk want the poor and disabled to work for their publicly funded health insurance, yet they have no issue at all with freeloaders reaping the benefits of the union without paying a dime and riding on the backs of those who believe in their union and pay dues. Hardly makes any sense at all, but it’s important to keep in mind that he isn’t worried about you as a public worker, he’s more worried about those unions that he wants out of the way. Once he’s killed the union, he’ll be coming after you because you’re a drain on the tax payer.
Dozens of labor leaders and even more union members will show up to testify against the Tschida right to work bill and all of it’s free stuff for those who simply don’t want to pay. Both public and private sector unions will fill the room because an injury to one is an injury to all. (Unless you’re the big purple machine and then an injury to one is an opportunity to be AWARE of.). The procession used to be a legislative tradition, but with back to back Democratic Governor’s there have been few attempts. In fact the last was brought forward by the now convicted former legislator Art Wittich where he appeared as the only proponent. No doubt Tschida will round up at least a couple of supporters. What will be missing is that booming, gravelly voice of JD Lynch to conjure up his wise mother and imagines of lightening bolts.
Neither Janus or Tschida are giving you anything free here and in the long run you’ll pay and pay more. And so will anyone who takes your job when you’re too old and too tired to work because you couldn’t afford to retire years ago. That’s assuming there’s a job left for them to take when you’re gone.
‘Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.’