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President Obama Slams Right-to-Work Laws, Does Democratic Party of Arkansas Agree?

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September 6, 2011

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Katherine Vasilos

President Obama Slams Right-to-Work Laws

Does Democratic Party of Arkansas Agree?

Little Rock, Ark. – Yesterday, President Barack Obama offered criticism of “right to work laws,” condemning states like Arkansas for giving workers freedom to choose whether or not they want to be unionized.

“Do Senator Mark Pryor and the Democratic Party of Arkansas share President Obama’s negative opinion of right-to-work laws?” asked Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos.  “As an elected representative for a right-to-work state, will Senator Pryor stand up for Arkansas workers when he returns to the United States Senate today or allow President Obama to continue disparaging right-to-work laws which have helped build business and create jobs in our state?” 

Amendment 34 to the Arkansas Constitution was passed in 1944 and forbids forced unionization as a requirement of employment. The Arkansas General Assembly passed the laws to enforce the Amendment in 1947.


Obama Condemns “Right To Work Laws”

“So when I hear some of these folks trying to take collective bargaining rights away, trying to pass so-called ‘right to work’ laws for private sector workers … that really mean the right to work for less and less and less -- when I hear some of this talk I know this is not about economics.  This is about politics.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President at Detroit Labor Day Event, Detroit, Michigan, 9/5/11)
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