February 18, 2014
By NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
New York, NY – "I was very disappointed to see the United Auto Workers rejected as a collective bargaining agent in Chattanooga after unprecedented pressure and threats from Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Bob Corker and other Tennessee elected officials.
So-called right to work laws like Tennessee's are detrimental to workers and block them from entering the middle class. Labor unions help create a road to the middle class for workers and are one of the best tools we have to fight inequality in New York and across the country and it was upsetting to see outside intimidation get in the way of protecting workers and their families."