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Congresswoman Foxx wants to eliminate unions

The New Chair of the Workforce Committee has called for a National Right to Work Law

Kris LaGrange's picture
Dec 06, 2016

As the new Congress is forming, new members are being given leadership roles.  For the Committee on Education and the Workforce, which overseas labor issues, this means that Virginia Foxx (R-NC) will be the new chair. This is bad news for union members since Foxx recently questioned the need for unions going forward.

In an interview with Reuters, Foxx said that organized labor has “sort of lost its reason for being” since there are now laws in place to protect workers. She went on to say that one of the top priorities for her committee will be to roll back the labor regulations that the Obama administration put in over the last eight years.  Two of the regulations that she is committing to go after are the Overtime rule, which is currently being challenged in court, and the joint employer rule.  The joint employer rule make corporations joint employers with franchisees, allowing them to be held liable if the franchisee breaks labor law.  With Trump considering fast food executive Andrew Pudzer for Labor Secretary, it is likely that repealing these two regulations will be a top priority for Trump. 

These remarks should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Foxx’s rise to power.  As a Congresswomen for the last 12 years, she has accumulated a dismal 9% rating from the AFL-CIO.  In the past, she has attacked the Obama administration for their oversight of for-profit colleges, has said that the National Labor Relations Act “is a 1930s law that should never have been passed, and is a big problem,” and co-chaired the Republican platform committee which included a call for a National Right to Work (for less) law. She has also voted against relief funding for Katrina victims, wants to repeal birthright citizenship and has said that we have more to fear from Obamacare then we do from terrorism. Foxx has a long history of making outlandish statements. In 2009, when Congress was debating the Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill, she said on the floor of the House that it was a hoax that Matthew Shepard was killed because he was gay.  All official reports from the crime scene reported it as a hate crime. 

Foxx joins a long list of anti-union officials that will now be empowered thanks to this election.

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