Sen. Tim Scott was charged Thursday with violating the National Labor Relations Act by the striking United Auto Workers union, the same day he raised $1 million for his 2024 presidential campaign.
The formal charges against the South Carolina Republican were made by UAW Chairman Sean Fein. Submit to the National Labor Relations Board indicates.
The complaint stems from comments made by the White House candidates at Monday’s Iowa rally, in which Scott, 58, criticized former President Ronald Reagan’s response to the 1981 federal air traffic controller strike. He quoted a famous reaction.
“I think Ronald Reagan set a great example when federal workers decided to go on strike.” scott said.
“He said, ‘If you strike, you’re fired.'” It’s a simple concept to me, but I could use it again. ”
President Reagan made good on his threat, firing more than 11,000 striking air traffic controllers and barring them from ever working for the federal government again.
Fein said Scott’s quoting of President Reagan meant that in his capacity as an employer of campaign staff, he “obstructed, restrained, or coerced employees from exercising their rights guaranteed by Article VII of the Constitution.” claims. [National Labor Relations Act]By threatening “adverse repercussions if they engage in protected coordinated activity.”
“It’s just another example of how the employer class abuses the working class in America. Employers intentionally violate labor laws with little to no repercussions. .” Fain tweetedsee Scott’s comment.
“It’s time to enact stricter laws to protect workers’ rights!!”
Fein’s lawsuit comes as thousands of UAW workers continue to strike, demanding a 40% wage increase, shorter workweeks and increased benefits to work for General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. It happened while I was in denial.
However, it’s not all bad for Scott.
He raised $1 million in 24 hours after hosting events in New York City and Charleston, campaign officials confirmed to the Post.
This windfall comes less than a week before the second Republican primary debate in Simi Valley, California, which coincidentally will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Scott is currently tied for sixth place in the Republican primary, with an average approval rating of 2.2%, according to RealClearPolitics polling average.
However, he is performing better in opinion polls in key states for early nominations.
Scott’s approval rating in New Hampshire is 6%, according to a CNN/University of New Hampshire poll released Wednesday.
And one source says he has a 7% approval rating in Iowa. fox business poll It was released on Wednesday.
“Tim is looking forward to returning to the debate stage and drawing out important policy differences between the candidates,” campaign spokesman Matt Gorman said. told Hill Thursday.
“Whether it’s the economy, parental rights or his vision for the country, Tim speaks to voters and, as an adult in the room, explains why he’s the strongest candidate to beat Joe Biden. “We are ready to show that,” he added. .