I realize the important role unions have played, both in my family and all across the country, in lifting hardworking families out of poverty and into the middle-class. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates these societal improvements. The so-called "right to work" movement isn't about rights and it isn't about workers. It is an effort by big business to disband unions, drive down wages and weaken workplace safety standards.
I believe all public construction projects should pay workers the prevailing wage. The advantages of doing so go beyond just treating people fairly. It also increases worker productivity and allows responsible local contractors to compete on an even playing field. Whether it's fighting out-of-state efforts to implement "right to work/right to fire" legislation, ensuring public projects aren't constructed with undocumented laborers, or protecting job targeting funds, I stand proudly with organized labor.