What Does Mitt Romney Think Of Unions?

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The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades released a video on Monday that gathers together all of Mitt Romney's anti-union statements during the 2012 campaign. He covers a lot of ground. If elected, he said he would:

  • End preference for unionized companies in government contracting.
  • End project labor agreements.
  • Fight to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act.
  • Make sure that workers have a "secret ballot" (Something they already have, of course, but this is coded language for opposing the Employee Free Choice Act).
  • Fight for right-to-work (for less) laws.
  • Oppose "card check."
  • Undercut the ability of the National Labor Relations Board to do its job.
  • Prevent unions from being able to spend member dues on political activity without the express approval of the individual members.

    Most of these things he says he'd do on "Day One" and would do via executive order, usurping the role of the legislative branch in some of these actions. If anyone is still wondering why unions are lining up behind Barack Obama despite the fact that they've had some disagreements and friction with him, look no further than Mitt Romney's own words as to why.

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