Union Deletes Page Showing Warnock and Ossoff Endorsement of Independent Contractor-Destroying PRO Act

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Posted by Isabelle Morales on Friday, December 11th, 2020, 3:20 PM PERMALINK

The Communications Workers of America has deleted the web pages showing Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's endorsement of the PRO Act, legislation that would ban Right to Work laws and destroy the livelihoods of freelancers and independent contractors.

Georgia has been a Right to Work state since 1947. But if Ossoff and Warnock have their way, through their support of the PRO Act, Right to Work will be abolished in Georgia and 26 other states. The PRO Act also imposes the same independent contractor/freelancer-destroying policies of California's AB5 law, which has destroyed countless lives and driven people out of the Golden State.

CWA documented Ossoff's PRO Act endorsement here.

CWA documented Warnock's PRO Act endorsement here.

But the pages have been deleted and now they both read "Access Denied" as you can see here and here.

The CWA Union takes questionnaires from candidates vying for their support. In both Ossoff's and Warnock's questionnaires, they stated that they supported the PRO Act. The CWA Union made this information public on the candidates' endorsement pages. Sometime very recently, both pages have been removed. 

Below are the excerpts from these pages. If you click the links, you will notice that their pages are deleted.

Jon Ossoff (D) endorsed the PRO Act. From the CWA Union:

"Ossoff supports the PRO Act, landmark legislation that will strengthen the rights of workers to join together in unions and collectively bargain with their employers, and oppose any efforts to weaken or remove protections for workers’ right to organize and collectively bargain."

Raphael Warnock (D) endorsed the PRO Act. From the CWA Union:

"Warnock supports the PRO Act, landmark legislation that will strengthen the rights of workers to join together in unions and collectively bargain with their employers, and oppose any efforts to weaken or remove protections for workers’ right to organize and collectively bargain."

Thankfully, both Ossoff's and Warnock's CWA Union endorsement pages were archived on several dates.

So why were these pages deleted?

It seems strange that these pages are gone, given that both candidates are still running for U.S. Senate seats. The CWA kept Cal Cunningham's page up (including his endorsement of the PRO Act), who already lost his election in North Carolina. Steve Bullock also lost his election in Montana, though his endorsement of the PRO Act continues to be on the CWA website. 

The Warnock and Ossoff endorsement of the PRO Act is something that Georgia voters are entitled to know about. This legislation would cause severe harm throughout the state. Countless independent contractors throughout the country would lose their livelihoods and many Americans would be compelled to join unions they do not wish to join. 

The PRO Act legislation is live ammunition, having already passed the Democrat-run U.S. House of Representatives. In the Senate, it has 40 Democrat co-sponsors and the self-described socialist co-sponsor, Bernie Sanders.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have also endorsed the PRO Act, which incorporates the same policy framework as California's AB5.

Examples of quotations from people hit by AB5:

"I lost the career and relationship I was building with a content writing company." [Link]

"AB5 is why I had to pack my very ill husband with stage 4 cancer and autistic son and leave the state. There is no way I can take care of our family and work a 'traditional' type job." [Link]

"I'm a certified court interpreter. I've been very happily freelancing for 15 years. I can choose which agencies to work with, and work as much or as little as I want to spend time with my 3-year-old. AB5 is destroying my wonderful work/life combo." [Link]

"We do all sizes of events, mostly in the 50 to 200 guest range. Every now and then we'll have a 1,000-person event. I bring in independent contractors to work one day and this law says I have to bring them into my payroll. For ONE EVENT, I would have to bring on 100 people into payroll. Insane." [Link]

"AB5 is destroying the pet setting business due to having to hire as employees!" [Link]

"I lost my job of 12 years as a medical transcriptionist because of AB5. Many in this profession value the flexibility in hours and working from home more than employee status. Now I have no money at all." [Link]

"Not only myself but hundreds of hard working TAX paying musicians will now be forced to go back underground for cash gigs, and leave me here to figure out and question why I ever followed the law and created a small business to create the American dream and create jobs for so many others. Two decades of my business destroyed because I have no one who wants to work for me now." [Link]

"Being an independent contractor gave me the ability to set a work schedule that my body could handle and make enough to support myself by only working a few hours a day." [Link]

It's no wonder CWA deleted the pages. Georgians, beware.

Photo Credit: John Ramspott

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