Skip to comments.Sanders, Warren and others move to end right-to-work nationally
Posted on 05/11/2018 8:10:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Well, this is certainly interesting. A group of Democrats, led by Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker have filed legislation designed to essentially gut the ability of individual states to pass right-to-work laws and hand back iron-fisted control of the workplace environment to labor unions. The fact that Democrats oppose right-to-work laws is nothing new, nor is the reality that labor unions fund a large part of their election efforts. But do you notice anything that those names I listed have in common? Every one of them has been repeatedly mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential candidate. The Free Beacon has the details.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) filed legislation Wednesday that would significantly strengthen the power of organized labor.
Sanders, along with senators Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), among others, introduced the Workplace Democracy Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize and enter into contractual negotiations with employers
Sanderss bill seeks to reverse the course by scrapping current procedures in place governing the establishment of a union. Presently, 30 percent of an organizations employees must sign a petition requesting the formal creation of a union. The National Labor Relations Board then administers an election of all eligible employees to ensure that there is significant support for unionization.
The most glaring item on the agenda is the elimination of free elections among employees when deciding whether or not to unionize. Under this new scheme, the Labor Unions would only have to convince a majority of workers to sign a petition and the matter would go straight to the NLRB for a decision without any time for campaigning or debate. A stealth effort could see this happening before the employer and any workers not interested in unionizing even knew it was going on. And I put workers in scare quotes because the bill also expands the definition of that word to include independent contractors or temp agency employees. In other words, if they were coming up short, the unions could go and attempt to convince any of those outside resource contractors to sign on and get them over the top.
But buried in the bill is an even more insidious poison pill. Sanders and his pals are looking to repeal the portion of the National Labor Relations Act which gives states the option to pass right-to-work laws. That would essentially negate all of the progress which has been made in the fight for fair labor practices and options over the past two decades. Once again, all workers would be forced to contribute a portion of their income every week to the political efforts of the union, even if the platform is directly opposite the workers preferences. This would continue the government endorsed tradition of robbing workers of their right to free speech.
Fortunately, the odds of this bill ever seeing a floor vote are currently next to zero, say nothing of being signed into law. This is mostly a stunt to allow Democrats to win points with their base and, probably more importantly, the unions who heavily fund their campaigns. Its also a talking point for their presidential primary hopefuls to have on their resumes. But its worth noting that this is a Democratic wishlist item. If the country hands control back to the Democrats, much like promising to raise your taxes, this could become the new reality in a few years.
I think Trump already owns the Union vote because of J O B S!
Counter-move: a bill to repeal the National Labor Relations Act.
Three Commies and a dope.
So, they are saying that Americans have no right to work??
Four+ post-17th Amendment ratification senators this time.
have filed legislation designed to essentially gut the ability of individual states to pass right-to-work laws and hand back iron-fisted control of the workplace environment to labor unions."
Twisted interpretations of the Commerce Clause (1.8.3) by FDR's state sovereignty-ignoring activist justices aside, patriots are reminded of the following.
The states have never amended the Constitution to expressly protect labor unions, or to give the feds the specific power to deal with any of the INTRAstate labor-related issues that these misguided senators have introduced legislation to address.
"From the accepted doctrine that the United States is a government of delegated powers, it follows that those not expressly granted, or reasonably to be implied from such as are conferred, are reserved to the states, or to the people. To forestall any suggestion to the contrary, the Tenth Amendment was adopted. The same proposition, otherwise stated, is that powers not granted are prohibited [emphasis added]. United States v. Butler, 1936.
All these senators seem to be up for reelection this year, corrections welcome. So its no surprise that these misguided, constitutionally low-information senators are trying to keep their seats with unconstitutional campaign promises which would unconstitutionally expand the already unconstitutionally big federal governments powers.
We really need to get rid of the ill-conceived 17th Amendment.
The 16th Amendment needs to disappear too.
Doesn’t sound very democratic to me. No voting for the workers, no choice for the workers as they have now in some states.
Commie union scum.
Under various iterations of Leftism there is really no saying “no” to them but once anyone has ever said “yes” it’s supposed to be fixed in stone.
So theyre trying to steal the livelihoods of red state workers?
Another Dummie boomerang about to happen.
Three Commies and a dope.
...walk into a bar...
Hey morons, if you get that thing passed, I know unemployment would skyrocket...I was talking to a major retailer and the salesman said that they only open stores in RTW states...
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