Charlton Heston: ‘Right-To-Work’ Icon?
Late American actor Charlton Heston liked his guns, but he apparently didn’t feel the same way about labor union dues.About two days after Heston passed away, the National Right To Work Legal Foundation, a conservative nonprofit that pursues legal cases against organized labor groups, posted a blog item about Heston’s support of right-to-work, or scenarios where unions cannot collectively bargain to organize workplaces where dues or agency fees are a condition of employment.
According to a column cited by the foundation:
Mr. Heston also aroused the ire of union leaders in Hollywood when he and a group of conservative SAG actors — who called themselves Actors Working for an Actors Guild — led a movement to educate Hollywood union members to the fact that they had the right — as upheld by the Supreme Court — to opt out of their unions by declaring “financial core” status. In non-right-to-work states such as California, declaring financial core status gives workers in unionized industries the right to opt out of their union’s politics while still requiring them to pay that portion of union dues that go directly towards collective bargaining, contract enforcement and contract administration.
Bonus: a vintage you tube political ad with Heston speaking about his support of right-to-work.