They wanted those jobs brought back from foreign countries and they wanted to stop today’s employers from continuing to close American factories, moving them to countries where they could find employees who would work for less and demand fewer benefits. Behind the narrative is the fact that most of the good paying jobs that corporations made disappear were union jobs, covered by union contracts guaranteeing middle class wages and middle class safety, medical and pension benefits.
But as a new Congress took its place on Capitol Hill this year, it became quickly apparent that those in charge are listening to the big business interests that bankrolled their election campaigns, including many of the businesses that closed their factories in the United States and left for foreign shores. Nowhere is that clearer than the Republican’s roll out of so-called right-to-work (RTW) legislation that would further decimate good wages nationwide.
The destructive anti-worker bill introduced by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) last week would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act, to prohibit workers and their elected bargaining representatives from negotiating contracts to protect and improve their wages and conditions of employment and spread the cost of that representation among all of the workers that reap the benefits.
This legislation does nothing to create jobs, grow the middle class or improve the lives of workers. It’s shameful that some members of Congress have chosen to prioritize big business interests over the demands of their constituents. The Teamsters Union is committed to improving the lives of working people by fighting against dangerous RTW.