Republican presidential candidate Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] was denounced by the country’s largest union Monday for advocating a national right-to-work law.
The AFL-CIO is the largest federation of associated unions in America at 12 million members. It hasn’t yet made a presidential endorsement, but made clear which candidates it doesn’t like — Cruz is the latest. The union declared Cruz its loser of the week for wanting a national right-to-work law.
“President Cruz would silence working people,” the AFL-CIO said on its blog. “For endorsing a national right to work law, which would serve little purpose other than to silence the voices of working people.”
Cruz announced his support for a national right-to-work law during a radio interview in Wisconsin, reports The Associated Press. Wisconsin is among 26 states to enact right-to-work when Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law last year. The policy outlaws mandatory union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
The passage of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act first allowed states to decide whether they want to be right-to-work or not. Those opposed to the policy fear it could undermine worker rights and the ability to negotiate with their employer, but supporters say it simply provides workers with a choice and might attract businesses.
Cruz is not alone, as other Republican candidates are routinely attacked by the AFL-CIO. The union declared Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump its loser of the week Feb. 22 over a labor dispute his Las Vegas hotel is having, and again Feb. 29 for saying he likes right-to-work. Gov. Scott Walker was also named its loser of the week several times before dropping out of the presidential race.
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