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ICYMI: AFP & Sen. Ted Budd in WSJ: “Say No to Su as Labor Sec”

Jul 21, 2023 by AFP

Arlington, VA—Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina State Director Tyler Voigt and Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) published an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal laying out an argument that the Senate should not confirm acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su to the top job at the Labor Department.

In the piece, Sen. Budd and Voigt lay out Su’s one-sided history of stripping workers of the flexibility and freedom they need in today’s workforce:

“Ms. Su oversaw the disastrous rollout of California’s AB5, which reclassified tens of thousands of independent contractors as employees as a favor to Big Labor. It was so unpopular and unworkable that the California Legislature enacted a second law creating a laundry list of exempted industries and professions. California voters approved a ballot initiative to protect drivers for Uber, Lyft and other apps from being labeled as employees.

“Ms. Su also championed the FAST Recovery Act, which created an unaccountable bureaucracy to control wages and working conditions at fast-food restaurants. This anticompetitive bargaining tactic undermines the autonomy of independent businesses while forcing partisan union priorities onto workers.”

They go on to explain that the Southern U.S.—including their home state of North Carolina—is experiencing economic growth, which would be jeopardized by Su’s preferred labor policies:

“The most recent census data show that liberal states like New York and California are no longer the economic powerhouses they once were. The fastest-growing region in the U.S. is the South—and it is growing in direct opposition to liberal consensus. For the first time in U.S. history, the economic output of six states in the Southern U.S. – Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee – are outpacing the Northeast corridor.

“Besides better scenery and milder winters, these new economic centers have a few important things in common: They are right-to-work states with lower average costs of living and, consequently, higher quality of life.

“The first advantage would be immediately gutted by the Biden-Su agenda. Both have advocated for the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. This coercive bill would strip workers of their right to decline to join a union, which 27 states protect.”

Read the full piece here.