State Sen. Her­shey floats county right-to-work bill

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRAD KRONER bkro­ner@ ches­pub. com

ELKTON — State Sen. Mi­nor­ity Whip Stephen Her­shey ( R- Up­per Shore) is work­ing on leg­is­la­tion that would give coun­ties the op­tion to be­come a “right to work” county, a des­ig­na­tion that would pro­hibit both unions and em­ploy­ers from com­pelling em­ploy­ees to join the union.

Es­sen­tially, by pro­hibit­ing unions from com­pelling mem­ber­ship, the law en­ables em­ploy­ees to choose not to join the union and pay union dues. With­out the mandate that em­ploy­ees join their re­spec­tive union — if one ex­ists — the union loses funds and mem­ber­ship, there­fore los­ing po­lit­i­cal weight dur­ing col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing.

Mary­land is not a rightto- work state, mean­ing that com­pa­nies and unions can com­pel union mem­ber­ship. The idea be­hind com­pul­sory mem­ber­ship is to elim­i­nate “free rid­ers” — those who ben­e­fit from the union with­out pay­ing union dues.

This leg­is­la­tion, which is

See UNION Page A13

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRAD KRONER

Kilby Farm was re­cently sold to two Lan­caster County, Pa., cou­ples, who have taken over its dairy and crop op­er­a­tion.

FILE PHOTO

State Sen. Mi­nor­ity Whip Steve Her­shey is con­sid­er­ing leg­is­la­tion to al­low lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions the abil­ity to be­come a right-to-work county.

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