State Sen. Hershey floats county right-to-work bill
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
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Kilby Farm was recently sold to two Lancaster County, Pa., couples, who have taken over its dairy and crop operation.
State Sen. Minority Whip Steve Hershey is considering legislation to allow local jurisdictions the ability to become a right-to-work county.