Right-to-work amendment a Tennessee Republican focus for 2022
Added 12-03-21 07:23:02pm EST - “Gov. Bill Lee has repeatedly said Tennessee's business-friendly environment is what set the state apart from others vying for Ford Motor Company's first new plant in 50 years, the $5.6 billion project called Blue Oval City set to…” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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Gov. Bill Lee has repeatedly said Tennessee’s business-friendly environment is what set the state apart from others vying for Ford Motor Company’s first new plant in 50 years, the $5.6 billion project called Blue Oval City set to be constructed on the West Tennessee Regional Megasite.
Part of that, he believes, is Tennessee’s right-to-work law, in place since 1947, which allows workers across the state to elect whether or not they would like to join a union. Without a law in place, unions can require membership as a condition of employment as they do federally.
Currently, Tennessee is one of 27 states with right-to-work laws, but state Republican leaders are looking to take that further in November 2022 by making Right to Work a constitutional amendment via a ballot initiative.
As Rep. Chris Todd, R-Madison County, explained last week, the goal is to show potential businesses coming to the state that right-to-work laws will remain on the books despite federal pressures or the whims of the legislature.
Lee said that workers at Ford’s new electric truck plant in West Tennessee would decide on their own if they would like to unionize.
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