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Better Deal Introduced by Dems

Like The New Deal of the 1930's Democrats are trying to reinvent the wheel

Kris LaGrange's picture
Nov 01, 2017

Today, Senate Democrats have added to their “Better Deal” platform a series of pro-labor reforms aimed at strengthening the collective bargaining and the rights of workers.

The eight-part labor plank of the Better Deal is anticipating court and National Labor Relations Board decisions that could go against unions within the next four years, like Janus vs AFSCME.  Some things that are included in this new installment are:

  • A federal law that provides public workers with the same rights and freedoms to engage in collective bargaining as the private sector, which would fight possible Right to Work Laws
  • A ban on state Right to Work laws altogether, because they reduce union membership by up to 10 percent and result in lower wages
  • A ban on the permanent replacement of striking workers, which would make it easier for workers to go on strike knowing that a scab can’t permanently take their job.
  •  A limit on an employers’ ability to campaign against union drives. When companies taint the election process, the NLRB would set the corrupted election results aside and require the employer to bargain with the worker representative.

“Democrats are redoubling our commitment to working men and women with these proposals,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) said in a statement. “We’re offering the middle class and those struggling to get there a better deal by taking on companies that undermine unions and underpay their workers, and beginning to unwind a rigged system that undermines every worker’s freedom to negotiate with their employer.”

The Better Deal’s labor plank is designed to quiet some of the irritation that some labor leaders have against the Democratic Party and demonstrate that the Democrats will roll back anti-union laws if they win in 2019.

“We want to put this out to the public,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. “Public sentiment is everything.”

Watch the entire press conference below.

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