President Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress have spent their first weeks in office rushing their vision of America into existence: open borders, more abortions, fewer jobs. Now, they want to give more power to the last group in America that needs it: unions.
According to The Daily Caller, the House and Senate reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize Act Act on Thursday in a move that was certainly designed to reward the unions for supporting Democratic candidates to the tune of tens of millions of dollars in the last election.
The act would strengthen union protections by preventing companies from permanently replacing striking workers, force millions of freelancers and others to join unions by taking away the choice they now have to refuse, and would give the National Labor Relations Board the ability to overturn workplace votes on whether to unionize.
According to U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of the employment policy division Glenn Spencer, the bill also “strips workers of their privacy, threatens private ballots, imposes California’s disastrous independent contractor test, jeopardizes employers’ right to free speech, and threatens the loss of a job should workers choose not to pay union dues.”
“Threat to America’s workers”
In a statement Thursday after the bill had been introduced, Spencer said, “This bill is a threat to America’s workers, employers, and our economy.”
Biden had promised to sign the legislation during his campaign, which was introduced by House Democrats in 2019 but never voted on.
For years, President Trump and Republicans have waged a war on America’s labor unions.
It will end on my watch.
I’ll sign the PRO Act — making it easier for workers to organize and collectively bargain — and be the strongest labor president workers have ever had.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 7, 2020
“The PRO Act will strengthen workers’ ability to come together and demand a fair share of the wealth we create — boosting wages, securing better health care and rooting out discrimination,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement after its reintroduction.
Some unions oppose bill
Not all unions support the bill, however. A spokesperson for the International Franchise Association said the legislation would “eviscerate the franchise business model.” The National Restaurant Association and a small national construction trade association also condemned the legislation.
“If enacted, this bill will cripple restaurants, the overwhelming majority of which are small- and family-owned businesses operating on single digit margins — and what hurts these businesses hurts their employees and their communities,” Shannon Meade, National Restaurant Association vice president of public policy and legal advocacy, said about the PRO Act on Thursday.
National Right to Work President Mark Mix said the bill would overturn right-to-work laws in 27 states, which would actually make union bosses less responsive to their members.
“When union bosses can force people to pay dues or ‘fees,’ they don’t have to worry about what those people want or need,” Mix told The Daily Caller. “Often, the only thing the union bosses end up caring about is how much money they can collect, and how lavishly they can spend it on their own comfort and on the politicians they keep in their hip pockets.”