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Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers’ Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race

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According to a poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) is currently trailing Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan by eight points. It’s one of a handful of races that could determine whether Democrats are able to retake the Senate in November:

The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 11 and 17, shows 38 percent of respondents would vote for Ayotte if the election were held today, compared with 46 percent for Hassan. Ayotte’s favorability rating also dropped to 39 percent, down from 47 percent in February. A Washington Post/SurveyMonkey poll taken of among likely voters of 15 battleground states from Oct. 8 to 16 showed Hassan with a 5-point lead over the incumbent.

Ayotte’s recent slip in the polls appears to be connected to the increasing unpopularity of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a debate held shortly after the release of a 2005 videotape in which Mr. Trump brags about sexual assault, Ayotte said Trump was “absolutely” a role model. She later walked back her statement, claiming she planned to write-in GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.

Ayotte’s positions on workers rights are predictably anti-union. She opposes Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), once referring to them as little more than “red tape” in a letter to the President:

In a letter to Obama…Ayotte asked the President to reverse his executive order requiring federal projects over $25 million to consider using project labor agreements, or PLAs. In his State of the Union address, Obama said he wanted to cut government red tape. These agreements would be a good place to start, the Republican senator said.

PLAs, long supported by building trades unions, are typically the only contracts that guarantee local, minority, female and veteran hiring mandates, as well as wage and work stoppage protections, on large-scale construction projets.

Ayotte also supported one of the decade’s more extreme anti-worker bills, one proposed by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY) that sought to prevent practically any future pro-labor legislation from seeing the light of day:

More than three-quarters of the Senate Republican caucus signed onto legislation that could render it virtually impossible for Congress to enact any legislation intended to improve working conditions or otherwise regulate the workplace. Had their bill been in effect during the Twentieth Century, for example, there would likely be no nationwide minimum wage, no national ban on workplace discrimination, no national labor law and no overtime in most industries.

The U.S. Senate may soon be rid of this anti-labor zealot from New Hampshire.

Read more about Ayotte’s letter demanding that Obama repeal his executive order on PLAs.


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