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Antone Melton-Meaux for Congress

The Union Buster Running for Congress

The former Jackson Lewis partner is getting big money from a conservative dark money PAC

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Jul 24, 2020

Unions in Minnesota are warning Democratic voters about a primary challenger to Representative Ilhan Omar. The unions say that the challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux, has a long history of working against working people.

While Melton-Meaux highlights that he is the founder of a workplace mediation firm, he is not talking about his time as a partner at the notorious union-busting law firm Jackson Lewis. From 2010-13 he served as a partner at the firm, representing large companies fighting lawsuits from workers claiming they faced discrimination or were cheated out of pay. He worked on at least three of these cases, including one where he was defending a company that fired a woman for being pregnant. Since Melton-Meaux was a partner, it is likely that he would have shared in the profits coming from big companies that hired Jackson-Lewis to bust unions.

Jackson-Lewis is considered the premier union-busting law firm in the country. They have advised major corporations like Boeing and IKEA on how to successfully stop a union drive and have recently gotten involved with campaigns to decertify public sector unions.

The Teamsters also found that Melton-Meaux has ties to Trump. His consulting firm, The Monaco Group, which is based in California, works almost exclusively for Republicans and is run by a 2016 Trump delegate. Additionally, campaign finance records show that a Republican Super PAC has spent over $600,000 over the last week to attack Omar. Thanks to a large influx of out of state money, Melton-Meaux has outraised Omar.

Omar, who was first elected in 2018 and has been an outspoken critic of Trump. Like other members of “The Squad,” she has drawn a lot of attention from Trump supporters. Omar has been a strong supporter of unions and is a sponsor of the PRO Act. Before becoming an elected official, Omar was a member of AFSCME Local 3800 at the University of Minnesota.

While Melton-Meaux is attempting to run a progressive campaign, claiming he supports union issues like the PRO-Act, union leaders say that his ties to a major union-busting law firm and to Trump affiliates should be red flags for Minnesota voters.

Voters will decide on supporting the pro-union Omar or the union-busting lawyer Melton-Meaux on August 11th. Given how Democratic the district is, it is likely that whoever wins the primary will be elected to Congress in November.

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