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NFL Players Pro-Union

Recorded on January 9, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Indiana 's legislature is considering a right-to-work law, so that joining a union could not be required in order to get a job.

So the National Football League Players Association announced they oppose this. Of course, they are a labor union themselves, part of the AFL-CIO. The minimum salary for an NFL player is $390,000 a year, and the average is $1.9-million. The players' union collects $42-million a year in dues and has assets of about a quarter-billion dollars.

They have it much better than Indiana workers, 300,000 unemployed and a bad business climate. Hoosiers should not be forced to pay hundreds of dollars in union dues if they're able to find work.

Private sector workers should have the right to join a union if they want. But they should not be compelled. Football millionaires should stick to tackling each other, not the everyday worker.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.