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Sanders Introduces Legislation To Deprive States Of Right To Pass Right-to-work Laws

Sanders Introduces Legislation To Deprive States Of Right To Pass Right-to-work Laws

Seeks to “repeal a portion of the National Labor Relations Act allowing states to enact ‘right-to-work’ laws”

As Democrats audition for their hoped for role as the new Congressional majority, the flow of progressive ideas just keeps coming.  So far, they promise to raise taxes, to manifest from thin air “free” college and “free” healthcare, and to be legislative busybodies who monitor our speech, thoughts, and actions.  Yay!?

As if that weren’t exciting enough for the Socialist Democrats’ promise of a bold new America where everyone is a winner, no one ever loses, and cowboy poetry festivals are subsidized by magical money fairies, everyone gets a paycheck.  For doing nothing!  Those magical money fairies are working over-time to cover all this Democrat largesse.

The latest idea drummed up by the out-of-touch Socialist Democrat left is a federal law prohibiting states from passing and enacting “right to work” laws.  The legislation is going nowhere in today’s Republican-led Congress, but the audition for 2018 Congressional majorities and 2020 Democrat presidential hopefuls marches on.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

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.

. . . .  The most controversial provision of the legislation is also the newest. Tucked away in the 12-page bill is language that would repeal a portion of the National Labor Relations Act allowing states to enact “right-to-work” laws. Such laws prevent unions from mandating membership or payment of dues as a condition of employment.

Since 1947, 28 states have opted to codify right-to-work provisions into law, arguing that compulsory unionization violates the constitutional right of freedom of association and limits economic competition.

Right-to-work laws have long drawn rebuke from liberals, who claim that allowing individual employees the choice of whether to join a union or not only serves to weaken the stance from which workers negotiate with management.

Sanders, a self-proclaimed Socialist, has been active in attempting to establish unions in the South.  I covered his failed efforts to unionize a Nissan factory in Mississippi.

Having worked their destructive magic in Detroit, the United Auto Workers union (UAW) has set its greedy sights on the South.  Roundly rejected by Tennessee workers at a Volkswagen auto plant in 2014, the UAW picked itself up, dusted itself off, and redoubled its thirteen-year efforts at a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi.

The South has long rejected unions, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union who tried and failed to unionize Boeing workers in South Carolina last month.  But the UAW is undeterred, even dragging avowed socialist and failed presidential candidate for the 2016 Democratic nomination down from Vermont to try to convince Mississippians that he—and the UAW—knows what is in their best interests.

Instead of simply accepting the free will of these workers, Bernie knows best.  If the great unwashed can’t figure out what is best them for, Bernie will.

What better way to eliminate right-to-work laws than at the federal level?

Hot Air describes how those pesky free-thinking Americans can be forced to do what Bernie thinks best . . . for, you know, those other people.

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.

Aren’t socialists fun?  When they can’t win at the local level on the merits of their argument, they want to change federal law to impose their will on the American people.  They know it was rejected, but hey, who cares what actual Americans think?  Certainly not the Bernie cohort.

That supposed “blue wave” is looking more and more like a Ty-de-Bol flush as the central planning, all-knowing purveyors of all that is right and good circles the drain.


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rabid wombat | May 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Socialist have to socialize….

He might as well have authored a bill to nationalize the US powergrid. Bernie is a socialist and a sell-out. Even his bots are unhappy with how he endorsed the witch and somehow ended up with a nice new house… oh and his wife is a fraud that killed off a University… but whatever.

Well some things don’t change. The American Left has never given up on communism.

    Shane in reply to Whitewall. | May 13, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Seems to be a dangerous lure to all humans.

      TX-rifraph in reply to Shane. | May 13, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      There are two attractions but only some embrace:
      a) The siren song of utopia.
      b) The excitement of having power over other people.

      Don’t you just love leftists.

Bruce Hayden | May 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Interesting. Wonder about the polling here. My guess is that it may be aimed at some states, like MI, that have traditionally had strong union support, that have been trending Red for awhile. It very likely isn’t going to flip any Right to Work states into the Dem category. But maybe it might help with the demographic that they lost in the last election so disastrously- working class whites, esp in Rust Belt states.

Fortunately for us that’s a really heavy lift, and Sanders ain’t the man to accomplish it. There are 28 STW states*; I would expect most of their respective Congresmen would vote against any labor law change on this point. Add to them there would be even more common sense Congressmen from the other 22 states to prevent the House from getting to 218 votes. And even if successful there would the 56 senators from those states, plus others; and then President Trump.

*Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

This just means that a year and a half later some of them finally figured out why they lost Ohio, and probably why they will never win it again.

Interesting non union news story. A parts supplier for Ford and others had a major fire that is affecting the whole industry. During the outage, some workers will be employed doing cleanup, and the rest will keep their salaries if they do volunteer community service.

    scooterjay in reply to Petrushka. | May 13, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I am employed by BMW here in the upstate of SC, and yes, the fire at Meridian Magnesium has affected us as well, they make an instrument cluster for the X5 and X6 models we build here.

love how unions say right to work workers benefit from their negotiating while at same time utilizing federal laws that prevent non-union members from negotiating for wages.
having cake and eating it too.

Who’s scarier: this deranged old commie fool Sanders, or the people who would so blindly vote him into power?

    TX-rifraph in reply to | May 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I find this to be a good question. I think they are equal partners since both must act to harm to the free citizens in the RTW states. Without Bernie or without the voters, the harm does not happen. They are partners in evil. They both want to harm other people. They are both scary.

    Evil Otto in reply to | May 14, 2018 at 6:48 am

    In the end, the people who support him are far more dangerous. Bernie is just a delusional old socialist crackpot (but I repeat myself). Without his cheering supporters he’s nothing.

Henry Hawkins | May 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm

This effort is less about imposing their will on the American people than to simply get the union $$$ -> Democrat campaigns train going again. It’s extortion – the union takes the workers’ dues money, contributes to Dems who’ll protect their interest. Imposing their will on Americans is an added benefit, of course, but this is all about cold, hard cash.

Crack, meet Mr Pot.

Go away, you socialist crook. I don’t need your “help.” I need you to LEAVE ME ALONE!

Safe prediction: no way in hell…

It may be useful to remember that the classic fascist economic model consisted of three parts; BIG GOVERNMENT, BIG BUSINESS (compliant) and BIG LABOR. It did not and could not tolerate small (entrepreneurial) businesses OR even independent labor unions, much less independent workers.

As Lenin stated…. the road to communism is through the trade unions.

“Lip service” to the unions, who pay the bills of Democrats

Party Leader has 3 houses.

How dumb are Sanders supporters? This would be like Trump having 3 illegals working as maids.

So if it is possible for the federal government to pass a law to wipe out right to work laws at the state level could not the Republicans wipe out non right to work state laws?

    Milhouse in reply to Notanymore. | May 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

    States only have the right to pass “right to work” laws in tbe first place because the federal law was amended to give them permission to do so. Sanders wants to revoke that permission.

    Any valid federal law automatically overrides any contradictory state law or constitution. States must obey all valid federal laws (though they need not like them, and may refuse to help the feds enforce them). The only escapes are to show either that the purported federal law is invalid, or that it doesn’t contradict the state law.

    Milhouse in reply to Notanymore. | May 14, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Oops, I forgot to answer your actual question. The answer is yes, if there were ever 60 votes in the senate to pass it, and a president willing to sign it, federal law could ban closed shops nationwide. (This is the same as what Sanders et al would need to do the opposite, which is why they have no chance of achieving it.)

Sanders, a self-proclaimed Communist, there, Fixed it.

I was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union years ago. The experience turned me against all unions.

    murkyv in reply to robertsgunshop. | May 14, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I was in the same union.

    Came away with the exact same feelings about it.

    I was young and dumb, I guess. I thought I was there to actually… you know…work.

Sanders is an ignorant ideological ass hole …

1. What else could we expect from a guy who didn’t hold anything resembling a real job until he was 40?

2. Welcome to BernieWorld, where every day is Ground Hog Day 1935.