In a continuation of the coordinated attack on working families and their right to bargain collectively, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), along with seven other GOP members of the U.S. Senate, introduced national “right-to-work” legislation. Original co-sponsors include Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and David Vitter (R-LA).
Supporters of the National Right-to-Work Act say the bill aims to “reduce workplace discrimination by protecting the free choice of individuals to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.”
“The recent move by federal legislators to strip working families of their right to bargain for better wages, benefits and retirement is the latest attempt on the GOP’s long list of tricks to aid the ‘haves’ and disable the ‘have-nots,’” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “From Wisconsin to Indiana, and from Ohio to Washington, DC, we will fight for our jobs, our families, our communities and the right to bargain for a better life.”