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Kamala Harris Promises to make Right to Work Illegal

If elected, Harris would make it easier to organize and is promising a Right to Work ban

Brian Young's picture
Apr 30, 2019

Kamala Harris is joining the chorus of elected officials who are calling on Congress and states to ban Right to Work.

At the National Forum on Wages and Working People in Las Vegas, Harris said banning Right to Work laws would be one of her first priorities when she is elected President.

"We need to address that both through legislation, but also through the bully pulpit that comes with the president of the United States to speak up about the need and the right that workers have to be able to organize and fight for their rights," Harris said. "Let's be more specific. It has to be about banning right-to-work laws. That needs to happen. It needs to be about fighting to increase penalties on corporations that stand in the way of organized labor being able to do the work that is about again advocating for American people."

Harris becomes the second candidate who has committed to banning Right to Work if they are elected President. As UCOMM previously reported, Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill in the Senate that would repeal 14b of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). He has also promised to sign it into law if elected President.

Over the last decade, Right to Work has been expanding at an alarming rate. Four states have passed Right to Work laws, including historically strong union states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. With the backing of right-wing, big money groups, local governments have even tried passing Right to Work ordinances. However recent Democratic wins have stopped some of this progress with freshman Governors in New Mexico and Illinois recently signing laws to outlaw Right to Work.

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