Virginia AFL-CIO launches "Labor In Session" website

The Virginia AFL-CIO last week launched a new “Labor In Session” website (Click here) as the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session started. “We must take full advantage of this moment to push a robust pro-worker agenda focused on moving Virginia from the worst state for workers to the best,” said Julie Hunter, Virginia AFL-CIO Campaign Manager. This website is designed to help empower union activists and allies to advocate for legislation that expands the right to organize, protect workers and raises wages. Activists can find and contact their State Senator and Delegate, take rapid action on legislation as it moves through committees and floor votes, and sign up to help lobby for labor at the General Assembly. The website also provides updates and talking points.

Resolution Calling for the Repeal of the so-called "Right to Work" Law

WHEREAS Virginia has been rated the worst state for worker rights two years in a row by Oxfam; and

WHEREAS income inequality has been increasing dramatically in Virginia and nationwide; and

WHEREAS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone;” and

WHEREAS unions raise wages of unionized workers by roughly 20% and increase total compensation including benefits such as paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave, by about 28% while reducing the gender and racial pay gap; and

WHEREAS in “right to work” states, annual wages are $1,558 less on average than in non “right to work” states, with lower health benefits and pensions and less safety on the job; and

WHEREAS the so-called “right to work” law does not give anyone the right to a job, but instead, in effect, reduces wages, health care, retirement security, and on-the-job safety for all workers; and

WHEREAS repealing the “right to work” from the Virginia Code would allow Virginia workers to organize for better working conditions and family-sustaining wages; and

WHEREAS one of the core values of the Democratic Party is to support worker rights, particularly the right to join and form unions;

WHEREAS repeal of the anti-worker “right to work” law is the best way to send the message that Democrats support economic justice for working people;

Therefore BE IT RESOLVED that:
The Loudoun County Democratic Committee asks the Virginia General Assembly to repeal the misnamed so-called “right to work” law in the 2020 legislative session.



Sources:
https://policy-practice.oxfamamerica.org/work/poverty-in-the-us/best-states-to-work
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/26/764654623/u-s-income-inequality-worsens-widening-to-a-newgap
https://www.afscme.org/now/the-racist-roots-of-right-to-work
https://www.epi.org/blog/unions-help-narrow-the-gender-wage-gap/
https://www.epi.org/publication/martin_luther_king_on_right_to_work/
https://thinkprogress.org/how-union-membership-benefits-african-american-and-latino-workers-
440ce0b8215a/
https://www.epi.org/publication/briefingpapers_bp143/