Katie Gage

Unionization has been the focus of a number of studies, bills and advocacy campaigns this year – and most recently a disturbing new chapter is being introduced: Union bosses ramming their agenda through government by whatever means necessary. It is clear in watching the actions of Big Labor their concerns do not rest with workers, small businesses or the state of our economy; in reality, union bosses are focused on consolidating as much power and money as possible, while their allies in government look the other way.

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On the top of the labor boss agenda is – of course – the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA), job-killing legislation that would give the government control over contract negotiations, but other items on organized labor’s shopping list are just as troubling. There are three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and union bosses are itching to get rapid Senate approval of President Obama’s nominees. These nominees would give Big Labor the majority support on the board that they have been seeking. One of the nominees is an attorney for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) whose writings state that employers have no legitimate role to play when their employees are the target of a union-organizing effort. Craig Becker’s addition to the NLRB would provide union bosses with a vote for forced unionization through administrative action. This power play is in response to the fact that Congress has not demonstrated any willingness to pursue EFCA knowing the American people do not support diminishing the rights of workers or advancing legislation that will result in millions of lost jobs.

Another board with significant power is the National Mediation Board, which oversees labor relations in the airline and railroad industries. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has recently demanded that this board throw out the process by which airlines allow their employees to unionize due to Delta Airlines’ union elections. Delta Airline’s rules about the unionization process currently require a majority of the employees to support unionization in order for the process to move forward. Sounds pretty reasonable, right? Not by the standards of greedy, labor bosses at the AFL-CIO.

Katie Gage

Katie Gage is the executive director of the Workforce Fairness institute.