Modern union bosses are more akin to political magnates than workers’ rights advocates. This week, Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh traveled to North Carolina to tout their pro-union agenda in the right-to-work state.
In Case You Missed It via Carolina Journal, Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) has a clear message for union bosses: hit the road.
Tell the union bosses to take a hike
By Virginia Foxx
March 2, 2022
Chapter 95, Article 10, of the North Carolina General Statues harbors one of the most powerful sentiments that has maintained its prominence in the Tar Heel State for almost 75 years: “The right to live includes the right to work.”
Considering that we’re about to celebrate our own right-to-work anniversary and that North Carolina’s workers have overwhelmingly chosen not to support unions, it’s rather puzzling that Vice President Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh are coming to North Carolina this week to parrot the talking points of union bosses. Do they not know how to read the room, or did they make a wrong turn somewhere along I-95? One could argue both.
Let’s not forget that the administration’s touting of “good-paying, union jobs” comes as Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation to change the rules so that unions, but not workers, can flourish. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would overturn right-to-work laws across the country – including North Carolina. But what’s particularly interesting about the Democrats’ thirst for more Big Labor control is that they’re claiming it’s part of strengthening and protecting America’s workforce – per their own party platform. The only thing union coercion does is strengthen and protect the bottom lines of union bosses.
Democrats continue to operate off the claim that unions are what built the middle class here in America. No, they did not. Hardworking entrepreneurs and individual workers are the ones who helped build the middle class. Those same people helped build the middle class here in North Carolina. We would all do well to remember that.
This is exactly why we should tell the union bosses to take a hike.
Read the full op-ed here.