Republican leaders called on House Democrats to investigate widespread corruption within the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, a longtime Democratic ally.
Reps. Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.) and Tim Walberg (R., Mich.), top Republicans on the Education and Labor Committee, sent a letter Thursday to Chairman Bobby Scott (D., Va.) and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee chairwoman Frederica Wilson (D., Fla.) urging a hearing to examine the ongoing UAW corruption scandal.
“Given this Committee’s jurisdiction over the [Labor Management Relations Act] and other federal statutes governing labor-management relations, we believe it is essential the Committee confront the widespread, brazen lawbreaking by union leaders who purport to represent nearly 150,000 American autoworkers but have betrayed their trust in favor of self-enrichment,” the letter said.
The letter comes as Scott attempts to advance the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, a union wishlist bill that outlaws secret ballot elections and gives unions the ability to force objecting employees to pay for representation. Democrats failed to pass a similar proposal in 2009 despite controlling the House, Senate, and White House.