Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd District, voted twice to put Right to Work for Less into the PRO Act that the House of Representatives passed last week. Fortunately for working families, the effort failed.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is disappointed that Van Drew would take such an anti-worker position. The state AFL-CIO has endorsed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act since it was introduced in Congress.
During hours of debate on the PRO Act, two Republicans submitted amendments that would have protected Right to Work laws, which are in effect in 27 states. The amendments were defeated by more than 40 votes each.
Van Drew voted for both. They would have allowed non-union employees to receive the salary and benefits that a union negotiated on their behalf without paying the union any dues or fees.
In the end, Van Drew did vote for the PRO Act along with all the representatives in New Jersey’s House delegation, as the House passed it 224-194-12 on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.