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Terry McAuliffe: Right For Unions, Wrong For Virginia

- June 19, 2013

YESTERDAY, TERRY MCAULIFFE REFUSED TO DEFEND VIRGINIA'S RIGHT-TO-WORK LAW

During A Campaign Visit To A Station On The New Metrorail Silver Line, Terry McAuliffe Refused To Defend Virginia's Long-Standing Right-To-Work Law. "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?'" (Fredrick Kunkle, "McAuliffe, At Silver Line Station, Touts Support Of Project, Says Cuccinelli Fought It," The Washington Post , 6/18/13)

McAuliffe Also Refused To Say Whether He Supported Wasteful Project Labor Agreements. "He declined to say whether he would support the kind of labor-friendly provision that nearly upended the second phase of Metrorail's Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and farther into Loudoun. 'Listen, I'm not going to answer specifics on projects,' he said in response to a question about what is known as a project labor agreement. 'You clearly don't talk about specifics on future projects until you even know what the projects are and what the bidding process will be.'" (Fredrick Kunkle, "Mcauliffe, At Silver Line Station, Touts Support Of Project, Says Cuccinelli Fought It," The Washington Post , 6/18/13)

IT'S NO SURPRISE MCAULIFFE HAS THE UNIONS' BACKS…THEY'VE GOT HIS BACK

McAuliffe Has A History Of Standing With Unions

McAuliffe Said He Would Support Giving Public Safety Entities Collective Bargaining Rights In Virginia. MODERATOR: "Police and firefighters in Virginia don't have the rights that other union members do to meet and confer... would you support as governor giving public safety entities - police, sheriff, and fire - collective bargaining rights in Virginia?" McAULIFFE: "…I would definitely sign collective bargaining, and I have said from day one we need to have meet and confer." (Terry McAuliffe, Democratic Candidate Gubernatorial Debate, Virginia Tech, 4/29/09)

McAuliffe Refused To Say Whether Or Not He Supported Card Check Legislation. "McAuliffe was not as forthcoming when asked if he supported Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's proposal to double the tax cigarettes… Nor would he say whether he supports the Employee Free Choice Act, federal legislation that could profoundly affect right-to-work states such as Virginia. The bill would boost union membership by having employees sign union cards to form unions instead of holding secret ballot elections, a measure business and industry groups vehemently oppose." (Bob Lewis, "Ex-DNC Chair Opens Gov's Race, Says Will Forgo Pay," Associated Press, 1/7/09)

And Labor Unions Have Stood With McAuliffe, Contributing Over $1 Million To His Campaigns

Unions Have Contributed Over $1.4 Million To McAuliffe's Campaigns. ( Virginia Public Access Project , Accessed 6/18/13)

McAuliffe Received $25,000 From The Laborers Mid Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition. ( Virginia Public Access Project , Accessed 6/18/13)

  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board Member Dennis Martire Pushed To Require Silver Line Contractors To Adopt Project Labor Agreements . "The airports board was pushed to adopt the "project labor agreement" by board member Dennis Martire, who, in his day job, is a senior official in the Laborers' International Union of North America, which represents hundreds of thousands of construction workers." (Editorial, "Ungilding The Silver Line," The Washington Post, 6/25/11)
     
  • Martire Is The Vice-President And Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Of The Laborers' International Union Of North America . "Born on August 22, 1964, Dennis L. Martire was elected Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of the Laborers' International Union of North America in January 2002." (LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, Accessed 6/18/13)

In Fact, Virginia's Entire Statewide Democratic Ticket Has A History Of Siding With Union Bosses

Ralph Northam

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Ralph Northam Has Repeatedly Voted Against Making "Right To Work" A Constitutional Right In Virginia. (SJ 323, Left In Privileges and Elections Committee, 1/18/11; HJ 500, Left In Privileges And Elections Committee, 2/22/11; HJ 536, 2/15/13, Northam Voted Nay)

Northam Blocked An Amendment To Virginia's Constitution Guaranteeing Workers' Right To A Secret Ballot In Union Elections. (SJ 301, Left In Privileges And Elections Committee, 1/18/11)

Northam Voted Against Legislation Abolishing Mandatory Project Labor Agreements For State Funded Projects. (HB33, Passed, 2/23/12, Northam Voted Nay)

Northam Joined With Virginia Senate Democrats To Hold The 2013-2014 Virginia Budget Hostage In An Attempt To Protect PLAs. "The Democrats also want $66 million restored for a "cost-of-competing adjustment" (COCA) to go to Northern Virginia school employees to offset the area's higher cost of living, and they want any language that would restrict union-friendly labor agreements on state-funded construction projects stricken from the budget." (David Sherfinski, "No Break In Budget Impasse As Democrats List Demands," Washington Times, 3/8/12)

Organized Labor Has Contributed More Than $29,000 To Ralph Northam Over His Career. ( Virginia Public Access Project , Accessed 6/18/13)

Mark Herring

Attorney General Candidate Mark Herring Opposed Legislation To Block Project Labor Agreements For State Funded Projects. (SB 242, Passed Senate, 1/31/12, Herring Voted Nay)

Herring Attacked The McDonnell Administration For Insisting That The MWAA Not Favor Union Contactors In Awarding The Phase 2 Contract For The Silver Line. " On Monday, Connaughton said he would not consider more money until Virginia's members are seated, other members who should not be on the board are removed and the board removes the labor language. 'Major movement needs to be made . . . before I could ever envision giving more money,' he said. "They're not going to get the $150 million if they continue to do what they're doing.' But Loudoun Sen. Mark R. Herring (D) said it 'is troubling and disturbing to hear the secretary say the $150 million is now something that might come off the table. It's critically important for Loudoun to have the rail project extended not only to Dulles but into the county.'" (Dana Hedgpeth and Anita Kumar, "Funding Uncertain For Metro's Silver Line," The Washington Post, 4/10/12)

  • Herring Accused McDonnell Of An "About-Face" On Project Labor Agreements. "Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun) said McDonnell changed his mind on the PLA the same way he did when he initially agreed to give up to $300 million more for the project. 'That's not what they had agreed to,' Herring said. 'It was an about-face. There are certain voices in the governor's party who didn't agree and caused him to disagree.'" (Anita Kumar and Dana Hedgpeth, "Silver Line Jams Again," The Washington Post, 6/3/12)

Herring Joined With Virginia Senate Democrats To Hold The 2013-2014 Virginia Budget Hostage In An Attempt To Protect PLAs. "The Democrats also want $66 million restored for a "cost-of-competing adjustment" (COCA) to go to Northern Virginia school employees to offset the area's higher cost of living, and they want any language that would restrict union-friendly labor agreements on state-funded construction projects stricken from the budget." (David Sherfinski, "No Break In Budget Impasse As Democrats List Demands," Washington Times, 3/8/12)

The Virginia Teamsters Specifically Cited Herring's Support For Project Labor Agreements In Their Press Release Endorsing His Candidacy For Attorney General. "Today, Teamsters Joint Council 83 in Richmond, Va. announced its support for State Senator Mark Herring in his campaign for state attorney general. Herring has worked tirelessly for Virginia working families during his two terms in the Virginia State Senate. He has backed up his promises to support the state's working men and women by voting for project labor agreements, legislation to crack down on discrimination in the workplace, maintenance of current worker compensation levels and has supported rail construction within the transportation bill." (Press Release, "Virginia Teamsters Endorse Herring For Attorney General," Teamsters Joint Council 83, 4/23/13)

The Laborers Mid Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition Is Herring's 10th Largest Contributor, Giving Him $27,964 Since 2007. ( Virginia Public Access Project , Accessed 6/13/13)

  • The Mandatory Project Labor Agreement For The Silver Line Was Pushed By MWAA Board Member Dennis Martire . "The airports board was pushed to adopt the "project labor agreement" by board member Dennis Martire, who, in his day job, is a senior official in the Laborers' International Union of North America, which represents hundreds of thousands of construction workers." (Editorial, "Ungilding The Silver Line," The Washington Post, 6/25/11)
     
  • Martire Is The Vice-President And Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Of The Laborers' International Union Of North America . "Born on August 22, 1964, Dennis L. Martire was elected Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of the Laborers' International Union of North America in January 2002." (LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, Accessed 6/13/13)

Organized Labor Has Contributed More Than $77,000 To Mark Herring Over His Career. ( Virginia Public Access Project , Accessed 6/18/13)


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