Addressing The International Association Of Machinists, U.S. Senator & Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Calls For A ‘National Ban’ On Right-To-Work, Presses Candidates ‘To Stand With’ Unions
(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for a national ban on Right-To-Work (for less) Laws and for every candidate running in 2020 to explicitly stand with Labor Unions in their organizing drives across the country.
Sanders is also demanding that American Airlines back off its push to slash Airline Workers benefits as it pays its CEO more than $19 million a year.
In a speech to the International Association of Machinists (IAM) at their conference in Las Vegas, Sanders said that, as president, he will demand Congress pass legislation to effectively ban Right-To-Work Laws all over America.
His call comes as Conservatives push a court case to try to expand Right-To-Work into the transportation industry.
Citing his campaign’s work supporting Local Union Organizing across the country, Sanders also declared: “The question we have to ask is this: Why does the billionaire class and corporate America hate the Trade Union Movement so much? And the answer is pretty simple: The Trade Union Movement is the last line of defense for Working Families of this country. We have got to rebuild, strengthen and expand the Trade Union Movement in America. We need elected officials and candidates at every level to get serious about speaking out for the Trade Union Movement. This should not be an afterthought. If we’re talking about growing wages, providing health care to all people, having a progressive tax system, the Trade Union Movement must be in the middle of all of those discussions.”
Sanders also weighed in on the negotiations between the IAM and American Airlines: “Let me say a word about some of the issues that the IAM is dealing with right now. Right now, American Airlines wants to slash the pay of its Workers, outsource jobs, take away health care benefits and abolish its defined benefit pension plan. Brothers and Sisters: Together we are not going to allow that to happen. American Airlines is not a poor, struggling company. It is not going broke. Last year, it made a net profit of ($1.4 billion). This is a company that had enough money to pay its CEO, Doug Parker, over ($19 million) in compensation last year. This is a company that has enough money to buy back ($15 billion) of its own stock over a five-year period. So I say to the CEO of American Airlines: If you have enough money to buy back ($15 billion) of your own stock, you damn well have enough money to pay your Union Workers a decent wage with good benefits.”
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