U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) on Tuesday took to the floor of the United States Senate to speak out against the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
Tuberville made it clear that he feels this bill passed by House Democrats would override states’ right to work laws — such as Alabama’s — and force millions of workers to join a union.
“The PRO Act represents a massive power grab by the Democrats here in Washington, D.C. to override the will of the voters and state legislatures in a majority of the states in this country,” said Alabama’s junior senator. “Democrats want to force their ideas on states that refuse to adopt their progressive, failed policies. Federal power grabs like these are unconstitutional and go against our entire system of government. The PRO Act would overrule the Right to Work laws across the country and force tens of millions of employees to join a union.”
He defended right to work laws as being pro-worker.
“Right to Work laws give workers freedom, and more importantly, it gives them the freedom to choose whether to unionize or not,” Tuberville outlined. “Alabama’s Right to Work law has been a huge benefit for our state and for the people, helping to attract many businesses in our state. Take car manufacturing for example: beginning with Mercedes in 1993, automakers like Toyota, Hyundai and Honda all have large presences in Alabama … all together, we have around 40,000 Alabamians employed in the automotive sector alone. And those jobs go on to support thousands more family members, all thanks to Alabama’s Right to Work law.”
“Right to Work laws give workers a choice,” he added. “Choice creates competition and competition breeds success. Forced unionization creates a monopoly, which only leads to stagnation.”
Tuberville’s speech came amid the ongoing unionization vote at Amazon’s Bessemer facility. He reiterated his opposition to outside interference pressuring workers to support unionization.
“We’ve had Hollywood actors, celebrities, members of Congress and even President Biden trying to help tip the scales toward the union’s favorable outcome. Let me be clear: these hardworking Alabamians don’t need Hollywood elites or federal government officials telling them what to do. We should all trust they’ll make the decision they think is right for them and their families,” Tuberville concluded. “That’s what Right to Work is all about. The right to choose. This is still a free country after all.”
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn