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Radical Leftist Publication Endorses Bernie Sander’s Workplace “Democracy” Plan

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Last week, Bernie Sanders rolled out his Workplace Democracy Plan.

Barry Eidlin, a writer at the hard left wing publication Jacobin Magazine, gave Sander’s plan a warm endorsement.

He declared that the plan is “based in a deep and sophisticated understanding of the fundamental problems facing workers today; it is the most serious, comprehensive, and equitable plan for promoting workers’ rights ever proposed by a major US presidential candidate.”

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Eidlin noted that Sander’s plan “is a comprehensive effort to reorient labor policy around the idea that these policies exist to actively promote workers’ rights, as opposed to setting up the state as an ostensibly “neutral” arbiter to balance labor and management’s competing interests.”

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The Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University highlights Sanders’ supposedly innovative “majority sign-up” process, “whereby workers unionize when a majority in a workplace says they want a union by signing authorization cards.”

Eidlin praised Sanders’ plan for extending union rights to public sector as well.

Additionally, Eidlin noted that the “WDP recognizes that workers’ rights can only be exercised and enforced collectively.” For the sociology professor, right-work-laws are the boogieman, and Sander’s plan is praiseworthy because it gets ride of these laws.

Eidlin expands on this:

The WDP recognizes that workers’ rights can only be exercised and enforced collectively. Too often, employers and courts have used a warped interpretation of individual rights to undermine workers’ collective rights. Nowhere is this more apparent than with “right-to-work” laws, which use the pretext of protecting individual workers’ right not to join a union to erode union solidarity.

In his view, Sanders’ WDP does the trick by eliminating right-to-work.

They do so by allowing individuals in unionized workplaces to avoid paying the costs associated with negotiating and enforcing the contracts from which they benefit. The WDP would close that loophole by banning right-to-work laws.

Eidlin believes that Sanders’ plan will set out to do what Franklin Delano Roosevelt failed to accomplish during the New Deal and give workers’ the ability the right to fully organize. He claims that FDR’s measures were “toothless” and provide “no mechanisms for guaranteeing or exercising the right to organize.”

The associate professor concludes by stating that Sanders “knows it will take a fight, and with the WDP, he is mobilizing troops for battle.”

Sanders employed this rhetoric in a tweet on the day that he revealed his plan:  “If there is going to be class warfare in this country, it’s about time the working class won that war.”

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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