Ryan Williams

A recent New York Times article pointed out that employers for the first time were responding to and countering worker centers. Worker centers are, in fact, a new phenomena used in union public relations campaigns and to organize workplaces by dodging labor law, but this is far from the first time, union bosses have pushed the bounds of what is legally allowable. As union membership plummets and their pensions fail, they do howeverrealize if not successful it may be their last.

So as the president's focus shift to minimum wage hikes as a solution to economic inequality – we must ask ourselves whether thinly veiled union front groups such as Fast Food Forward, Fight for 15 and Restaurant Opportunities Center are truly lifting up the voices of workers or – more likely – the voices of the union fat cats looking for a creative way to achieve their economically infeasible demands on America's job creators.

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams is a senior vice president at FP1 Strategies, a Washington based public affairs, advertising, grassroots and media relations firm.