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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/20/2013

McAuliffe and the right to work


The issue of the day is ... Virginia’s right to work law. It seems that because Terry McAuliffe would not sign a blood oath to defend the state’s long-standing labor law, that is all the GOP apparatus needs to smack him both as an opponent of said law and also as a tool of big labor.

Let’s look at this a bit.

The McAuliffe statement in question comes from this Washington Post piece and reads as follows:

“McAuliffe also declined to say whether he would protect the commonwealth’s status as a right-to-work state or search for ways to make the state more friendly toward organized labor. ‘I’m going to work with management. I’m going to work with labor. I’m going to work with everybody to move Virginia forward,’ McAuliffe said. ‘It’s not ‘either-or.’ We are a right-to-work state that has been here for many years, and it’s not going to change. But the focus has got to be not on trying to divide folks. [It] is, how do we work together to grow the Virginia economy to have the most diverse economy to bring in those 21st-century jobs?’”

I put the key statement in bold, so we can all see it.

McAuliffe, like Tim Kaine — arguably the most labor-friendly governor Virginia has had in a very long time — knows the votes aren’t there to overturn the right to work law. Democratic legislators can propose such a measure all they want. None of them will pass.

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]

Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Norman Leahy  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/20/2013

 
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