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Rick Santorum on Jobs

Republican Jr Senator (PA)


Workers should have secret-ballot elections for unions

Rick initially voted in-favor of allowing states to decide right-to-work laws. These laws protect employees from having to join unions in order to work for a company.

Rick's Plan: As President, Rick Santorum will work to make unions accountable to their members. This includes supporting a National Right-to-Work law. Santorum will also appoint a new NLRB--without misusing recess appointments--that will protect workers and their right to join or not join a union. Rick also believes that secret-ballot elections should be the norm whenever a union seeks to represent workers.

Source: Report on presidential campaign website ricksantorum.com , Feb 17, 2012

National right-to-work law yes; Pennsylvania law no

PAUL: There's obviously a problem with car companies here. We had to bail them out. But there are foreign companies that build cars in this country and they make a living out of this. I think the union problem vs. right-to-work states [is one reason we outsource jobs to China]. I've chided Sen. Santorum on this because he has voted against right-to-work. But we have to change these conditions to invite people back.

SANTORUM: I've already signed a pledge that I would sign a national right-to-work bill And when I was a senator from Pennsylvania, which is a state that is not a right-to-work state, the state made a decision not to be right to work. And I wasn't going to go to Washington and overturn that from the federal government and do that to the state.

PAUL: As president, are you going to represent South Carolina or Pennsylvania? That's really the question.

SANTORUM: I said I would support a national right-to-work law and sign it into law, and would support and advocate for one.

Source: South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King , Jan 19, 2012

Not doing any favors by keeping unemployment for 99 weeks

Q: Do you support extending unemployment benefits when they expire?

SANTORUM: We have to look at having a reasonable time for people to get a job and then turn their lives around. But, we've seen this administration extending benefits up to 99 weeks. I don't support that. I think if you have people who are out of work that long a period of time, without question it makes it harder to find work when you come back. When you're that far long away from a job, then you lose certain skills. I believe unemployment insurance should go back to the states. Let the states design it. But to have a federal program that roughly and crudely tries to assess the problem of unemployment from state to state and area to area, is the wrong approach. Give flexibility to the states to operate those programs, as we did on welfare; have either work requirement of job training required as a condition. We're not doing people any favors by keeping them on unemployment insurance for a long period of time.

Source: Fox News debate on MLK Day in Myrtle Beach, SC , Jan 16, 2012

Unions are good community members but we need right-to-work

Q: [to Perry]: Do you support "right to work" laws on the federal level?

PERRY: Actually, it's a federal issue because of the law that was passed that forces the states to make a decision about whether or not they're going to be right to work. I'm a right to work guy.

SANTORUM: I have signed a pledge that I would support a national right to work. When I was a senator from Pennsylvania, I didn't vote for it because Pennsylvania's not a right to work state, and I didn't want to vote for a law that would change the law in Pennsylvania, number one. Number two, what can unions do? They can do training. They also do a lot in the community. I work with a lot of labor unions in Philadelphia and other places to do a lot of community involvement work and they try to participate as good members of the community like the business does.

Source: Meet the Press 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate , Jan 8, 2012

Offshore jobs return if you repeal manufacturing regulations

Q: You've said that when you were growing up in a PA steel town, 21% of the country was involved in manufacturing. Now it's down to 9%. Can those jobs ever return?

SANTORUM: Yeah, the jobs can come back if you create a climate for them to be profitable We have a lot of manufacturers in Pennsylvania. I don't know a single one who wanted to ship their jobs offshore, who didn't want them in their own community to be able to employ people and see the fruits of their labor benefiting the community that they live in. What happened was we became uncompetitive. So we need to be competitive. And that's why I proposed taking the corporate tax from 35% and eliminating it, zero percent tax. Allow this to be the manufacturing capital of the world again. Repeal every regulation the Obama administration has put in place that's over $100 million. Repeal them all. You may have to replace a few, but let's repeal them all because they are all antagonistic to businesses, particularly in the manufacturing sector.

Source: 2011 GOP debate at Dartmouth College, NH , Oct 11, 2011

Public employee unions have bankrupted states

Q: 22 states in the US are right-to-work states. In the other 28, if a business is a union shop, you have to join the union if you want to work there. Would you support some form of a federal right-to-work law?

SANTORUM: I think the most important area that we have to focus in on when it comes to unions is public employee unions. That's the area of unionization that's growing the fastest and it's costing us the most money. We've seen these battles on the state level--where unions have really bankrupted states from pension plans--to here on the federal level. I do not believe that state or federal workers should be involved in unions. And I would actually support a bill that says that we should not have public employee unions for the purposes of wages and benefits to be negotiated.

Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL , Sep 22, 2011

Focus the Fed on sound money, rather than job creation

Q: What is your position on the Federal Reserve?

A: What we should do with the Fed is to make it a single charter instead of a dual charter. I think the second charter that was instituted that had it be responsible for increasing employment and dealing with that leads to a fundamental distrust among the American people that they are taking their eye off the ball, which is sound money. They should be a sound money Federal Reserve. That should be their single charter, and that is it.

Source: 2011 GOP Tea Party debate in Tampa FL , Sep 12, 2011

The federal government kills jobs!

Q: Can a president create jobs without expanding the role of the federal government?

A: The federal government kills jobs! We don't need more programs & bureaucrats telling business how to operate. I believe in free people to grow our economy not government. I proposed getting America making things again. A 0% corporate tax rate on all manufacturing, cut regulations and drill for oil and gas

Source: 2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com , Jul 21, 2011

Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25.

Vote to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour, over a two-year time period, in three incremental stages. Without the amendment, the minimum wage would increase to $6.25 per hour.
Reference: Amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938; Bill S AMDT 44 to S 256 ; vote number 2005-26 on Mar 7, 2005

Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress.

Vote to pass a resolution to give no enforcement authority to ergonomics rules submitted by the Labor Department during the Clinton Administration. These rules would force businesses to take steps to prevent work-related repetitive stress disorders
Reference: Bill S J Res 6 ; vote number 2001-15 on Mar 6, 2001

Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage.

The Kennedy (D-MA) Amdt would have increased the minimum wage by $1 an hour over two years, to $5.65 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2001. The Kennedy Amdt would have also provided $9.5 billion in tax cuts over five years.
Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)50; N)48; NV)2
Reference: Motion to table Kennedy Amdt #2751; Bill S. 625 ; vote number 1999-356 on Nov 9, 1999

Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time.

This bill would have allowed workers to choose between overtime and compensatory time.
Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)53; N)47
Reference: Motion to invoke cloture on a Committee amdt to S. 4; Bill S. 4 ; vote number 1997-68 on May 15, 1997

Voted NO on replacing farm price supports.

Replaces farm price supports with seven years of annual fixed payments.
Status: Bill Passed Y)64; N)32; NV)4
Reference: Agriculture Market Transition Act of 1996; Bill S. 1541 ; vote number 1996-19 on Feb 7, 1996

Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record.

Santorum scores 0% by the AFL-CIO on union issues

As the federation of America’s unions, the AFL-CIO includes more than 13 million of America’s workers in 60 member unions working in virtually every part of the economy. The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement.

The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.

Source: AFL-CIO website 03n-AFLCIO on Dec 31, 2003

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