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GOP Senators Attach Anti-Union Right-to-Work Amendment to ENDA

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul have attached a right-to-work amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the HuffPost reports:

McconnellThe measure -- which, as Roll Call reported Monday, was tacked onto the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) -- would forbid contracts between companies and labor unions that require workers to pay the union for bargaining on their behalf. Prized by Republicans and business groups and loathed by unions, such laws have made it onto the books in 24 states, most recently in Michigan...

...Right-to-work laws diminish union membership and weaken the clout of organized labor. Unions like to refer to such legislation as "right-to-work-for-less" laws, pointing to studies finding the laws depress wages. Right-to-work's boosters, including McConnell, portray the laws as a matter of workplace choice and a necessary counterweight to "Big Labor," even though unionized workers now make up only 6.6 percent of the private sector.

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  1. Republicans are evil.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Nov 5, 2013 12:41:01 PM

  2. Don't they have to vote on an amendment?? How does this happen?

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 5, 2013 12:43:27 PM

  3. I'd rather ENDA not pass if it means that unions and the workers' right to unionize is curtailed in any way. I am gay, I am for LGBT civil equality and protection from workplace discrimination. I will not, however, throw under the bus my fellow workers, my union friends, the rights of workers to unionize and have a voice against the increasing ruthlessness of predatory corporations.

    What this "tack-on" rider shows is how desperate, how vile, how evil the Republicans in Congress are. What must happen from now to 2016 is we must vote out every last damned Republican.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 5, 2013 12:44:34 PM

  4. Further proof that Republicans are evil. There's no way that Democrats will pass a bill that slits the throats of union memberships.

    This amendment is designed to torpedo ENDA and pit factions of the Democratic coalition against each other.

    Well played, Republiscum.

    Posted by: Jasper | Nov 5, 2013 12:45:46 PM

  5. The Koch brothers must be very pleased with their underlings.

    Posted by: David | Nov 5, 2013 12:47:57 PM

  6. Ugh, I hate these people... Republicans are disgusting.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Nov 5, 2013 12:49:07 PM

  7. it will be stripped out during the vote

    no worries, just a bid by mcconnell to appeal to the teahadists by saying "I tried"

    Posted by: Moz's | Nov 5, 2013 12:49:56 PM

  8. The Huffington Post report to which you link, says that they will attempt to do this, not that it's been done. Unless you have a more recent report, the headline should be corrected so that it's factually accurate, not a lie.

    Posted by: RandyW | Nov 5, 2013 12:51:43 PM

  9. I agree with Jamal49, I believe ENDA is proper and just, but throwing my working friends off the cliff. Next thing we will see happen would be an amendment attached to a completely unrelated bill severing companies from having to adhere to the ENDA rules and regs. WE MUST VOTE these congress critters out of office.

    Posted by: Scott | Nov 5, 2013 12:52:05 PM

  10. Its a poison-pill. Republitards are desperate to circumvent equality -- for racial minorities, ethnic minorities, women, LGBT, immigrants, anyone who is not a white protestant male. This sickens me. We need to show-up at the polls in our next election and throw these cretins out of office.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Nov 5, 2013 12:53:42 PM

  11. I hate everything about the GOP.....!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Nov 5, 2013 12:57:13 PM

  12. Why is such BS even allowed? I don't get why the US dares to lecture any other country about democracy and state building when it has such a fundamentally messed up system of government.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 5, 2013 12:59:06 PM

  13. they will do anything they can to cause problems, the system needs a little fix, vote them out and see the econmey take off and we will have a peaceful country

    Posted by: capetom | Nov 5, 2013 12:59:39 PM

  14. Can't they just do something without trying to hurt people. I'm so sick and tired of these hateful Republican antics.
    I have to say, though, that I feel good that Mark Kirk, the Republican Senator from my home state of Illinois made a speech in favor of ENDA.

    Posted by: Rich | Nov 5, 2013 1:00:21 PM

  15. They live to hurt people, Rich.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 5, 2013 1:07:19 PM

  16. Well, it wasn't going to pass the House anyway, apparently. If somehow it gets to Obama with this nonsense attached, he should veto it.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 5, 2013 1:13:16 PM

  17. I just hope Obama has the guts to veto ENDA if it makes it to his desk with the amendment intact. The act would do even more widespread harm than good if it is made law with that provision attached. We are very intelligent people on the left and there would be little to no blow back on him from the community if he veto's it based on that amendment and makes it clear that is the reason for the veto. Many members of the LGBT community are also union members. We don't want to give up rights to gain rights.

    Posted by: George M | Nov 5, 2013 1:17:26 PM

  18. This kind of practice should be made illegal. Attaching amendents to bills that are totally unrelated is, at best, cheating.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 5, 2013 1:18:04 PM


    The Republicans are "trying" to attach this terrible provision onto ENDA -- it takes a vote of the full Senate to do that, and they probably will not prevail.

    If you're going to cover legislative and legal issues, please report more carefully. Although your error here was probably inadvertent, the information is misleading and false. Thank you.

    None of the above takes away from the fact that what the Republicans are TRYING to do seems unfair and a "poison pill" to defeat ENDA.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Nov 5, 2013 1:20:42 PM

  20. The great "unsaid" is the sheer quantity of gay people who work on Capitol Hill. I wonder what these Senators' staff members think of this.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Nov 5, 2013 1:21:15 PM

  21. Who cares got to get it passed most states already are right to work states unions are evil and need to be curtailed

    Posted by: Lee | Nov 5, 2013 1:34:37 PM

  22. As Moz's and Middle... pointed out, an attempt to attach a poison pill is just that, an attempt. Very hard to imagine, as the HuffPost points out, that the Republican shenanigans will fly in the Senate. The wingnut House is another story ...

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 5, 2013 1:46:13 PM

  23. There is a reason unions only make up 6.6% of the work force. They have outlived their usefulness and have destroyed and driven overseas, more manufacturing sectors than any other entity.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Nov 5, 2013 3:38:06 PM

  24. This does nothing but show desperation within the ranks of the Republican party.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Nov 5, 2013 3:52:23 PM

  25. Depressing

    Posted by: Ulu | Nov 5, 2013 7:14:08 PM

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