A measure inside President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure program, which Democrats call the American Jobs Plan, would harm “right-to-work” laws in states where workers are not required to join a union, and would allow for a divisive “card check” process.
As told by the White House, the plan will “support union organizing and group bargaining,” in part through the “Protecting the Right to Organize Act,” a law that passed earlier in the year.
If workers vote to not join a union, the PRO Act lets the National Labor Relations Board ignore those voting results if an employer is seen to have interrupted the vote somehow. The union would then instantly become certified if “a majority of employees have signed authorizations labeling the labor group as their group bargaining representative” in the year before the election.
Those “signed authorizations” are what are known as “card checks,” in which members of a union can go to workers — even to their homes — and ask them to sign up.
“Card checks” could let union leaders intimidate workers — which is why the former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern was against the idea in 2008. Democrats claimed then as they do now, that they are helping workers’ rights, labeling the “card check” the “Employee Free Choice Act.”
As Fox Business says, the bill also includes a measure that reclassifies some independent contractors as employees. This repeats the disastrous policy passed in California in 2019, which caused damage to the “gig economy.”
Biden now wants to bring this Californian nightmare nationwide.
Author: Scott Dowdy