Minnesota GOP Gubernatorial candidates talk up right to work laws

By KBJR News 1

July 17, 2014 Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 1:13 AM CDT

DULUTH, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) --- Nearly half of all states have enacted it and now candidates for Minnesota governor are talking about implementing it: right to work legislation.

As seen in other states, right to work legislation gives workers the right to choose if they want to be in a labor union or not.

Scott Honour, a Republican Businessman running for governor said he would back such a law in Minnesota if elected to the state's highest office.

"Businesses would come to Minnesota if we had that balance system that still allows for unions, but doesn't force people to be a member and force them to pay dues," Honour said.

Former Minority Leader Marty Seifert, who is mounting a rural campaign for governor, said he would sign right to work legislation if elected governor.

"It's something I would sign. I certainly believe if people want to belong to a union they should have the right to choose to belong or not belong," Seifert said.

GOP endorsed candidate, Jeff Johnson, and Former Minnesota Speaker Kurt Zellers said Tuesday that they would also back a right to work law if elected governor.

"I've always been a proponent of it," Zellers said. If at the end of the day you want to be in a union, that is your choice, but I don't think you should be able to use taxpayer dollars to go in and negotiate or lobby for taxpayer dollars."

Nick Minock
nminock@kbjr.com