In a what appears to be a highly-scripted, teleprompter-prompted Labor Day sales pitch to the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka and hand-selected union members from around the country, presidential candidate Joe Biden spelled out numerous promises to bolster unions, including a ban on state Right-To-Work laws, funding failing union pensions, jail company CEOs who break labor laws, and much more.
With what appeared to be completely-scripted questions and answers, presidential candidate Joe Biden and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka conducted a virtual “town hall” over Labor Day Weekend.
Although Biden spent the first 12 minutes blasting President Donald Trump, he later turned his attention to making a host of union-friendly promises.
While many of Biden’s individual promises would be fulfilled with the enactment of the so-called “PRO Act“—which includes banning state Right-to-Work laws, eliminating secret-ballot elections on unionization, as well as makes California’s disastrous and job-killing “ABC” test federal law for freelancers and independent contractors—many of the law’s provisions have escaped public scrutiny.
One of the biggest elements of the PRO Act is the elimination of all state Right-to-Work laws.
If passed, the elimination of state Right-to-Work laws would allow unions to require workers covered under a collective bargaining agreement to either pay a union or be fired from their jobs.
Currently, terminating workers who refuse to pay union fees is unlawful in 27 states. This would end under the PRO Act.
Among the many other promises Biden made in his remarks was a promise to sign the Butch Lewis Act, which is a scheme to bailout failing union pensions through loans from the U.S. Treasury Department.
Although the Butch Lewis Act passed the House of Representatives in 2019, it has languished in the U.S. Senate.
According to the Heritage Foundation, “taxpayer liabilities could exceed the entire multiemployer pension system’s $638 billion-and-growing shortfall.”
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