03/29/2011 12:59 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel Discusses GOP Efforts To Restrict Union Rights On MSNBC's 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (VIDEO)

Amanda Terkel, Senior Politics Reporter at The Huffington Post, appeared Monday on 'The Rachel Maddow Show' to discuss new anti-union measures being proposed by Republicans in Congress.

"They're going right now after air and rail workers. The way it works right now is if you want to form a union, you just need to get a majority of the workers who turn out to vote. But the way that Republicans would like to do it, and the way that it's been for many years, is you need to get a majority of all workers, even ones who don't turn out to vote. So if you don't turn out to vote, essentially your'e voting no," said Terkel. She continued, "I mean imagine if Mitt Romney runs against Barack Obama and under Republican rules if you don't turn out to vote you're essentially voting for Barack Obama. Imagine how hard it would be for Mitt Romney to win."

Terkel also explained that "right now there is more interest and more focus from the media, from Democrats, from Progressive activists on labor issues than I've seen in years."


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