Received via email from Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work Committee
Why is Newt Gingrich undercutting our efforts to stop Big Labor’s Card Check bill?
Right to Work activists will be disturbed to learn Newt is backing an outspoken supporter of forced unionism and the union bosses in a special election for Congress next week in New York 23.
Does Mr. Gingrich really think it makes no difference whether the Republican Party is pro-worker freedom or not? Just like the final few years when he was Speaker of the House of Representatives, for Newt, it is appears it is just about power and party over principle.
You’ve probably heard some of the details by now. Opponents of forced unionism are outraged that the Republican party has nominated a candidate who is a supporter of coercive card check. Other conservative and Republican activists have their own reasons for being upset — that the Republican nominee simply does not support positions anywhere near in line with those of rank and file, main stream Republican voters.
Of course, our concern centers around the forced unionism card check bill and Right to Work issue that simply guarantees a worker the right to decide whether they will join and support a labor union.
The most pressing issue right now though is the Card Check Forced unionism bill, S.B. 560, that is pending in the congress right now!
The bill would eliminate the secret ballot, force workers to accept mandatory binding arbitration, and give broad new power over workers to Big Labor.
The Republican nominee in New York 23, Dede Scozaffava, is simply as wrong as can be on this issue. She answered the AFLCIO’s questions by indicating her support for Card Check.
Unfortunately, that’s been a habitual pattern with Dede Scozzafava. As a New York Assemblywoman, Dede Scozzafava voted to impose binding arbitration on public employees, stripping workers of the right to vote on their own contracts.
But she didn’t stop there.
Dede Scozzafava also voted for “Card Check” to strip certain New York healthcare workers of the right to vote in a secret ballot election.
So why would any opponent of Card Check support Dede Scozaffava?
That’s a good question, and it’s exactly the question you should ask Newt Gingrich.
You see, all this year Newt Gingrich has been claiming the fight against Card Check as one of the biggest issues for his group, American Solutions. You’ve probably received emails from him asking for money to fight the card check bill.
I think it’s pretty brazen for someone to raise money to fight card check, and then endorse candidates that will go to Washington and vote for this forced unionism power grab.
But that is exactly what’s happening here.
You would think Newt Gingrich would have learned his lessons. Personal issues aside, the main reason Newt left the House after losing the support of his colleagues was simple – he tried to run issueless campaigns and supported too many so-called “Republicans” who were on the wrong side of key issues like Card Check.
After Newt felt a lot of heat from Right to Work supporters back then for failing to move a National Right to Work law, he replied that he didn’t need to hold votes on issues like Right to Work, because “We have Monica Lewinsky.” Again, party and power over principles, and that cost him the Speaker’s chair.
So I ask you today — are you sick of politicians – even retired ones – who simply don’t back up their words with their actions?
I know I am.
So please, contact Newt Gingrich today at (202) 828-6025. Tell him to apologize for his support for Big Labor Republican Dede Scozaffava. Tell him you’re sick of So-called leaders who say one thing and then do another.
Tell him it’s about issues and principles, not whether or not the candidate has an “R” next to his or her name.
I’m sure that’s how the MSM and the White House will spin it anyway. But the reality is, 16 states now have double digit unemployment. You know, all those “saved or created” jobs just haven’t materialized like the President promised they would. Michigan is hardest hit with the highest unemployment rate any state has seen in 25 years at 15%.
Boy, that auto bailout really saved Detroit didn’t it? Just to remind everyone, Obama and Co. predicted the unemployment rate would never top 9% and it wouldn’t reach that point until the first quarter of 2010. Of course, Biden now claims they had no clue what they were doing when they made their predictions, because last month the rate reached 9.5%. That’s right, post-“stimulus” unemployment is higher than it would have been without the stimulus!
Now the administration wants you to believe they weren’t pessimistic enough about the state of the economy when Bush left office. But what I see in this graph is evidence that the “stimulus” didn’t stimulate, and in fact made things worse. That’s right, Obama’s stimulus plan made unemployment worse than it would have been had the Democrats not wasted the trillions of dollars.
The economy has lost over 2 million jobs since Obama’s “stimulus” was signed into law. Last I remember he was promising it would “save or create” 4 million jobs. Recall he rammed the bill through Congress, claiming any delay would leave the economy in ruins. Most Senators and Congressmen never even read the bill. And what we got was a bill that wasted hundreds of billions of dollars that actually had a negative impact on the economy!
Sixteen states with unemployment over 10%, double-digits. This is the change Obama brought!
John Allison III
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The folks at Americans for Tax Reform and Alliance for Worker Freedom have come up with a great way to show people what passage of the poorly named “Employee Free Choice Act” (i.e. Card Check) will really mean in the American workplace. Check out “Card Checked: The Game.”
It’s not the most exciting game and you have to read what the characters are saying, but hey, these are conservative organizations that know how to stretch a buck. The main thing is, it gets the point across that Card Check will strip Americans of their rights to NOT organize and result in fewer jobs. The game not only tells what will happen, but links to documentation that such things have happened in the past. Card Check will just give extra incentives to union bosses to harass and coerce workers who wish to remain free.
Anyone who doesn’t believe unions will use strongarm tactics to force people to fork over their hard-earned wages is sticking their head in the sand. It has happened and it will happen more often if Card Check passes.
Use the link to the right to contact your Senator and let him/her know we don’t want Card Check! The Hill has identified 5 key Democratic Senators who may side with Republicans in a filibuster of the bill. We need more pressure on these five to prevent this travesty from being perpetrated on the American public!
John Allison III
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