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Clinton Panders To Unions As She Opposes Right-To-Work

- November 13, 2015

Clinton Has Publicly Opposed Right-To-Work Legislation, Praising States That Reject Right-To-Work Laws, Calling The Laws A “Disturbed” Effort To Weaken Union Power. “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised the Missouri state legislature for rejecting a state right-to-work bill Wednesday, saying she was "disturbed" by the effort to weaken union power in the state.” (Sean Higgins, “Clinton Praises Defeat Of Right-To-Work,” The Washington Examiner, 9/16/15)

  • Right-To-Work Laws Say “A Person Cannot Be Forced To Join Or Otherwise Financially Support A Union As A Condition Of Employment.” “Right-to-work laws say a person cannot be forced to join or otherwise financially support a union as a condition of employment. Specifically, the laws ban so-called "security clauses," a common part of most labor-management contracts meant to ensure that all workers back the union, even if they disagree with its activities.” (Sean Higgins, “Clinton Praises Defeat Of Right-To-Work,” The Washington Examiner, 9/16/15)

“Global Manufacturers” Have Been Drawn To “Right-To-Work States” Where “There Is Little Unionization.” “But shrinking manufacturing jobs have spurred a willingness in places like Lancaster County to work for lower pay, making them increasingly attractive production bases. Global manufacturers have also been drawn to so-called right-to-work states like South Carolina, where there is little unionization.” (Hiroko Tabuchi, “Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring In Places Where Cotton Was King,” The New York Times, 8/2/15)

Even As Clinton Weds Herself To Unions, Union Members Are Trying To Run From Her

Abiding By Their Members, The Nation’s Top Unions Are “Sitting On The Sidelines” As They Are “Content To Let Clinton Sweat It Out While They Withhold Endorsement.” “Labor leaders are ‘playing hard to get’ with Hillary Clinton in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Many of the nation’s top unions are sitting on the sidelines, content to let Clinton sweat it out while they withhold endorsements.” (Ken Thomas, “’Give It A Go, Joe’: Pittsburgh Union Crowd Cheers On Biden,” Associated Press, 9/8/15)

  • “Unhappy With The Status Quo,” Union Members Across The Country Are “Restive” Over The “Possibility Of Their Affiliates Endorsing Clinton.” “Unhappy with the status quo and uncertain about the future of labor as union membership shrinks, union members across the country are restive over the possibility of their affiliates endorsing Clinton.” (Sam Frizell, “Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor,” Time, 7/16/15)

Despite Clinton’s Pandering, “Many Labor Groups Still Plan To Try To Send Her A Message” Through Delaying Any Endorsements. “So Mrs. Clinton’s support on Tuesday for repealing the so-called Cadillac tax on certain health care plans under the Affordable Care Act, a move urged by many unions, was welcomed by labor, after others in the Democratic field had taken that position. Yet many labor groups still plan to try to send her a message.” (Maggie Haberman, “Today In Politics: Labor Groups Only Partly Return Hillary Clinton’s Embrace,” The New York Times, 9/30/15)


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