Right to Work Puts Politicians in the Hot Seat 

Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.)
Thanks to the Committee’s election-year program, union-label candidates like Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.) are being given a choice: pledge to change course and support Right to Work going forward, or face the potential political consequences. (Credit: @ Senator Tester)

Committee Program Highlights Forced-Dues Issue in Key Races

“The Right to Work principle is even more popular with the people of Arizona, Montana, and Nevada than it is in the country as a whole,” said National Right to Work Committee Vice President Greg Mourad.

“But the U.S. senators from those three states who are, at least as far as we currently know, seeking reelection this year have time and again thumbed their noses at the vast majority of their constituents.

“They have regularly sided with union bosses who demand that the federal government make it even easier for them to corral employees into unions and extract forced financial support from them.”

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Jacky Rosen (Nev.) represent states that have had Right to Work laws on the books since the mid-20th Century. Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.) represents a state where Right to Work is gaining strength and could become law as soon as next year.

Survey 2024 Is Holding Union Label Politicians Accountable For Their Votes 

Despite repeated demonstrations of public support for Right to Work in all three states, Sens. Sinema, Rosen and Tester have reflexively backed Biden Administration schemes to expand Big Labor’s monopoly privileges.

That’s a key reason why they are expected to have trouble keeping their seats in 2024.

One important example of the three senators’ subservience to the union hierarchy was their decisive 2021 votes to confirm two radical union lawyers, David Prouty and Gwynne Wilcox, as members of the powerful National Labor Relations Board, along with union lawyer Jennifer Abruzzo as the NLRB’s general counsel.

The devastating impact of these confirmation votes was highlighted in August, when an NLRB majority including Mr. Prouty and Ms. Wilcox gave a green light for the routine “card check” takeover of workplaces by union bosses without a secret-ballot vote or even after employees have voted a union down.

Ms. Sinema, Ms. Rosen, and Mr. Tester also provided the deciding votes in 2021 to require taxpayers nationwide, and in Right to Work states specifically, to rescue grossly underfunded and bloated public sector pension funds in forced-unionism states like Illinois and New Jersey.

That same bill also bailed out the pensions of corrupt private-sector unions like the Teamsters, including that union’s notorious Central States Pension Fund, to the tune of almost $36 billion. 

“Kyrsten Sinema, Jacky Rosen, and Jon Tester are undoubtedly hoping their constituents aren’t aware of their antiRight to Work records,” said Mr. Mourad. 

“But one core purpose of Survey 2024 is to ensure constituents know how their politicians have voted. 

“A second is to build congressional support for the repeal of forced dues and fees in workplaces across the country.”

Program May Target U.S.Senate Campaigns in as Many As Nine Different States

As many Committee members know, Right to Work’s federal survey specifically asks candidates to commit themselves to supporting the abolition of private-sector forced union dues nationwide if they are elected.

The candidates are given several chances to answer and return their survey 100% in support of Right to Work, and millions of grassroots supporters are mobilized to lobby candidates to respond to their surveys.

“Candidates from the two major parties and significant third-party candidates and independents are asked to participate in the survey program,” said Mr. Mourad.

“And pro-Right to Work citizens in every House district plus every state with a Senate race are contacted and asked to push federal candidates to respond.

“But the Committee pours the vast majority of its survey resources into — and mobilizes many more freedom-supporting activists for — Senate and House races where at least one candidate has taken a strong stand for Right to Work.

“We are not sure as of yet, but, depending on what happens, the Committee may target 2024 Senate races in Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as in Arizona, Montana and Nevada.”

Survey 2024 will be giving union-label politicians like Jon Tester, Jacky Rosen, and Kyrsten Sinema a choice: pledge to change course and support Right to Work going forward, or face the potential political consequences.

Mr. Mourad concluded:

“Ideally, all federal candidates would oppose compulsory unionism in the future, regardless of their records to date.

“At the very least, Right to Work members want one candidate in each race this November to oppose Big Labor’s agenda. Whenever there is a choice 

between a pro-Right to Work candidate and a forced-unionism candidate, the pro-Right to Work candidate is better able to gain support.”

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