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Union endorsement of Alison Lundergan Grimes puts spotlight on right-to-work issue

November 05, 2013 | | Comments 0

McConnellGrimesBy Jack Brammer — jbrammer@herald-leader.com

LOUISVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes got an enthusiastic endorsement from the state AFL-CIO Tuesday while U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell pitched national right-to-work legislation and chided “Big Labor.”

At the state AFL-CIO’s 30th biennial convention in Louisville, leader Bill Londrigan said the labor group, which has about 220,000 members, was backing Grimes because McConnell’s “historical obstructionism must be stopped.”

He said McConnell’s push for right-to-work legislation, which would allow an employee to opt out of joining a union, was designed to kill unions.

Grimes said she opposes right-to-work because it is wrong for Kentucky and the nation.

In a floor speech in the U.S. Senate about an hour before Grimes got the AFL-CIO endorsement, McConnell said U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, filed an amendment to a bill dealing with employee rights that “merely calls for repealing the discriminatory clauses in federal law that allow, as a condition of employment, forcing workers to join a union or forcing workers to pay union dues.”

“In practical terms, here’s what that would mean for middle-class folks in Kentucky and across America: If you want to join a union, you can. And if you don’t want to join a union, you don’t have to,” McConnell said.

Filed Under: Alison Lundergan GrimesElectionsMitch McConnellUS Senate Race

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