President Obama attacked right-to-work states Monday in a speech to the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference, saying the measures are political and “not about economics.”
“I believe when folks try and take collective bargaining rights away by passing so-called ‘right to work’ laws that might also be called ‘right to work for less’ laws, that’s not about economics,” Obama said. “That’s about politics.”
In February, Indiana became the 23rd right-to-work state, and the first Rust Belt state. Polling at the time showed a majority of registered Ohio voters said they would support right-to-work measures.
The Democratic Party has also run into difficulties in North Carolina, the least unionized state in the country and the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. A number of local businesses have claimed they were denied work because of their non-union status; the convention mandated union-labor be maximized with respect to convention work.