SACRAMENTO – On February 3, 2017, Fraternal Order of Police National President Chuck Canterbury signed a letter addressed to United States House of Representatives Virginia A. Foxx and Robert C. Scott regarding “Right-to-work” legislation introduced by two representatives who introduced legislation that FOP views as detrimental to the working class, workplace safety and wages.
“The premise of the bill is to limit and further erode the rights of employees to negotiate with their employer over wages, hours and working conditions,” wrote Canterbury.
The legislation, introduce January 31, 2017, would allow workers across the country to opt out of paying fees unions receive for negotiating contracts and other union-produced benefits.
“This is nothing short of an attack on labor associations, the Democratic Party which receives support from labor associations, the middle class, our paychecks, pensions, working conditions and workplace safety,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) FOP Lodge 77 President Alan Barcelona. “This is a giant-step backward for everything workers and their associations have labored for over the decades. I urge our members to call their U.S. representatives and senators to make it clear, any right-to-work legislation is wrong! Labor associations protect your livelihood, this legislation would greatly reduce or take away labor associations’ ability to protect workers.”