YOUR LETTERS: The GOP’s anti-union DNA


Anti-Union DNA is at the root of Republican Party efforts to undo the National Labor Relations Act that gave Unions the right to organize and strike. The Republican Party vehemently opposed The National Labor Relations Act as it was being debated in the U.S. House and Senate. However, Democratic Party majorities that existed in each chamber passed it anyway, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law on July 5, 1935.

The Republican Party viewed unions having the right to organize and strike as sacrilege and thus, has been on a holy crusade to undo The National Labor Relations Act ever since.

Via the same Anti-Union DNA the Republican Party is now supporting the National Right to Work Act introduced in February 2019 to the U.S. Senate (S.525) by Republican Senator Rand Paul with 20 (count ’em) Republican Senate cosponsors.

With all the changes that have occurred in our country since unions gained the right to organize and strike in 1935, the Republican Party has remained remarkably true to its anti-union DNA.

Oh, they will gussie that anti-union pig up and call it something else via the best advertising Wall Street money can buy, but make no mistake, the holy crusade of the Republican Party to deny unions the right to exist never ended. It is alive and well via the National Right to Work Act of the current incarnation of the Republican Party.

Look past the lipstick and make-up and beneath it, you will find the same anti-union pig that existed in 1935.

The current Democratic Party majority in the U.S. House of Representatives opposes the National Right to Work Act and is keeping it from reaching Trump’s desk. Good thing too, because Trump has said he would indeed sign it into law.

Should the 2020 election result in Trump’s re-election, a majority Republican Senate and a majority Republican House, the National Right to Work Act will pass both chambers and then be signed into law by Trump. That would be devastating for Organized Labor.

Every Union member, I hope, will consider this prior to casting their vote on Nov. 3, 2020. I’m not seeking to tell union members how to vote. I’m only asking for the sake of Organized Labor to consider all of the above prior to casting that vote.

Mansfield, Texas
(Teamsters Local 133 retired)


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