Newly Elected Republicans, Not Friends of Labor
A PRO Act sponsor lost, a National Right to Work sponsor won and a nutjob got elected in Georgia
The 2020 election has brought a few surprises. It would appear that while the White House is still up in the air, Democrats will hold the House of Representatives and the Republicans will hold control of the Senate. While only a few seats flipped from Democrats to Republicans there were a few high profile races where the people who got elected or re-elected, will not be friends of labor.
In Alabama, Democratic Senator Doug Jones lost to the anti-union former college football coach Tommy Tuberville. UCOMM reported last week that the National Right to Work Committee had taken out advertisements in a local Alabama newspaper promising that if Tuberville was elected, he would sponsor a national Right to Work law. In a divided government, Tuberville will be no friend to working people and likely not a Republican that unions will be able to rely on.
While Joni Ernst is not a new Senator, she did defeat Theresa Greenfield in the Iowa Senate race. Greenfield is the widow of an IBEW member who died on the job in 1988 while Greenfield was pregnant with the couple's second child. She credited the IBEW with providing support for her after his death, as well as working to ensure she received his union benefits and Social Security survivor benefits. Ernst, a first-term Senator, is a co-sponsor of the National Right to Work Act.
In Staten Island, New York, a friend of labor Congressman Max Rose was defeated by Nicole Malliotakas, a state Assemblymember. Rose is one of the original co-sponsors of the PRO Act, which would strengthen unions and repeal Right to Work laws. While Malliotakas had the support of police unions, she has been named a rising star by the American Conservative Union and CPAC, both groups that have pushed anti-union legislation like Right to Work.
Finally, Marjorie Taylor Greene was elected last night to the Congress representing Georgia. Taylor Greene has gotten a lot of attention for her support for Q Anon and her wild statements that include calling George Soros, a Holocaust survivor, a Nazi, saying that the election of Illhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are part of “an Islamic invasion of our government,” and expressed support for a conspiracy theory that a plane did not hit the Pentagon on 9/11. In September, she shared a meme on her Facebook page depicting herself holding an AR-15 style rifle next to a collage of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib with a caption telling her followers that it was time for Republicans to "go on the offense against these socialists who want to rip our country apart." While she doesn’t have a voting record on labor issues, we think it's safe to assume that she will push a Trump agenda that seeks to destroy them.