Monday, April 04 2011
Alternative Press (http://thealternativepress.com/articles/congressma%E2%80%8Bn-lance-votes-to-take-away-workers-rights--2)
by: Ed Potosnak
Unfortunately, instead of building on the work of the Senate to improve on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) reauthorization, House Speaker Boehner and his party-line followers passed a version of the FAA reauthorization with a union-busting provision neither the Senate nor President Obama support. The House version of the bill, which would force unions to conduct unfair and undemocratic elections, aims to eliminate collective bargaining for workers. It’s a blatant attempt to pander to the far-right wing of their party.
Some GOP members of Congress (including Rep. Runyan and Rep. LoBiondo) stood up to Speaker Boehner and joined Democrats in opposition to this irresponsible policy.
Rep. Lance was noticeably absent from this group. Instead of voting to protect the rights of New Jerseyans, Congressman Lance voted to disenfranchise union workers and to undermine their right to hold fair elections.
I am extremely disappointed in Mr. Lance. He has changed since going to Washington and this pandering is just another example of how far off track he has gotten. New Jersey needs a representative who will protect collective bargaining rights without reservation or variation brought on by the tides of popular opinion. They need a representative who will stand with New Jersey’s working families and help ensure that workers have access to good jobs, a safe work environment, and affordable family healthcare. I grew up in a union household and will always be willing to stand with NJ’s working families
Since going to Washington, Congressman Leonard Lance has put his political career ahead of the interests working families every step of the way.
Editor's Note: Ed Potosnak is a former Congressional candidate in the 7th Congressional District.