Great Falls Tribune: Cooney Unveils Proposals to Aid Unions, Workers

Lt. Gov. Cooney: Under my leadership “working women and men will always come first”

Helena, Mont. – Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney released his plan on Monday to defend Montana’s labor unions and support working families. As reported by the Great Falls Tribune, Cooney was joined by Democratic candidate for Attorney General Raph Graybill and labor leaders from across the state.

Cooney outlined his vision for programs and policies that encourage public and private sector workers to organize and collectively bargain, create more jobs and deliver the safe working conditions, health insurance, competitive wages, and secure retirement that allow every Montana worker a shot at a better life.

From the Tribune: “Let’s be clear, the stakes in this race are real, and under my leadership [Montana] will remain a leader in the labor movement and working women and men will always come first,’ Cooney said, adding that under his opponent organized labor and the benefits and protections it provides, [sic] will cease to exist.

Cooney’s New Day for Workers plan also addresses Cooney’s plan to heal the economic pain caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, including establishing enforceable pandemic workplace standards for all Montana workplaces and growing statewide investments in roads, bridges, water treatment facilities and expanded broadband projects across Montana, which will create good-paying jobs in local communities while increasing Montana-sourcing for Montana projects.

The Tribune continued: “Cooney said as governor he was committed 100% to defending the workers of Montana.

‘Any right to work for less or other nonsense legislation aimed at workers’ rights crosses my desk, I will put it out of its misery at the hands of my veto pen,’ [Cooney] said.
 

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