Katie Gage

For instance, labor heads succeeded in pushing former union attorney and radical Craig Becker as a nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Persuading President Obama to appoint him during a Congressional recess, labor succeeded in receiving a return on its investment of 500 million dollars during the last election cycle.

As a point in fact, $3.7 million per year finances quite a bit of the union boss wish list, one example being retirement and pension packages. But these daycare providers will not benefit, as the union is not bargaining on their behalf. In fact, union bosses don’t even fund adequately the pensions of the workers they do represent instead using the money for political campaigns, golf outings and lavish retreats.

So, while union bosses’ pensions are secured and fully funded, daycare centers are cheated out of their hard-earned money with little to no benefit.

Additional dues is perhaps the primary reason why Big Labor bosses will stop at nothing to force unionization on every worker in America through heavy-handed tactics like we have just seen in Michigan and through its pressure on Congress to pass the job-killing Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act. EFCA has been shown to cause the unemployment of 600,000 workers in the first year alone, with more to follow.

Sadly, we may begin to see daycare centers in Michigan close their doors because of the increased burdens forced unionization places on small businesses. At minimum, struggling families doing everything to make ends meet will bear additional costs which will be passed down to them from these daycare centers, all to ensure the Big Labor beast receives its pound of flesh.

Michigan’s small business owners, like the rest of the country, deserve better from their government and should not be subjected to unwanted unionization. These small business owners are not employees, they are independent contractors. If this bad public policy stands, where will we draw the line?


Katie Gage

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