Teachable Moments: Martin Luther King Jr. Derides Right-to-Work Schemes

“…we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right-to-work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights…Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped.”

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking out against right-to-work laws in the United States in 1961. Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak, however, remains well behind the times.

Hudak may be obscuring his anti-labour leanings as he campaigns in labour-friendly territory for the upcoming provincial by-elections, but as Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn argues, make no mistake, if Hudak becomes Premier, right-to-work will be front and centre.

Teachable Moments is an ETT Weekly/website-feature highlighting labour, education, and politics-themed quotes from the past and present, with the goal to engage and inform.