Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Washington, D.C., recently applauded Oklahoma voters for approving a right-to-work referendum Sept. 25. In a reversal of a similar vote 37 years ago, the special referendum this week passed 447,072 (54%) to 378,465 (46%). The vote ensures that workers in Oklahoma will have the right to choose whether or not to join a union, making it the 22nd state to adopt right-to-work legislation.
"This is a true victory for free enterprise. We congratulate our Oklahoma Chapter and its members for waging an outstanding effort to ensure that Oklahoma workers will have the fundamental right to choose whether or not to join a union," said ABC National Chairman Henry Kelly. "This sets a national precedent that will allow and give states the fortitude to proceed with other initiatives to protect free enterprise and open competition."
ABC directed an aggressive campaign to educate ABC members and their employees about the right-to-work initiative, sending out paycheck stuffers, toolbox talks, posters, and emails that employers could distribute to employees. ABC members from across the country also donated more than $235,000, including an in-kind donation from ABC's Free Enterprise Alliance for the production and mailing of three postcards to every builder and contractor in Oklahoma. ABC's Oklahoma Chapter organized several speaking and public opportunities for right-to-work leaders to address the membership, and ABC's national headquarters sent five staff members to the Oklahoma Chapter to meet with ABC member firms and distribute information to senior management and restricted class employees.