Democrats in Congress and their union backers are looking to help big Laborers by expanding their ranks. The most recent version of the Orwellian, entitled Protecting the Right to Organize Act, would destroy the absolute right of employees to freedom of choice when unions knock on doors. The chances of going to this Congress are slim, if not zero. Rightly so, employees and the GOP don’t buy what unions sell.
In April, more than 3,000 employees at an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama voted overwhelmingly (2-1) to reject unionization in their workplace. In 2014, among a smaller group of Amazon techs at a Delaware facility, the vote was 3-1 against the organization. Despite the complete spanking of Amazon employees, the National Labor Relations Board, dominated by Biden, has called for a dismissal. More information on this outrage below.
Unions are trying to tilt the rules of the game towards organizing because they are faced with a crisis of public opinion. According to the latest Gallup poll, although 68% of Americans “approve” of unions, only 28% have great trust in them. Translation: A majority of people like the concept of unions but would never join. Recent high-level organizations might have been expected to fail to get a ‘yes’ vote for unionization from thousands of employees at Nissan, Volkswagen (twice), Boeing and Amazon.
Conversely, the media was abuzz earlier this month when 27 employees voted “yes” and 20 voted “no” at two Starbucks coffee shops in Buffalo, New York. You won’t hear much about the hard part that comes next. Starbucks already pays more and offers greater benefits than its competitors. There is no legal obligation that they must give more.
Why do unions have so much difficulty recruiting members? After all, the law on trade union organization has essentially remained the same for over 60 years. Perhaps this is because today’s employees are better informed and realize that the promised benefits do not outweigh the guaranteed baggage of membership.
The United Auto Workers is the “A” part of why employees vote “no”. Two of the last four union presidents and 10 other UAW officials have been charged with various crimes which mainly involved personal enrichment with membership dues. The union is now under a six-year federal watch that has historically been used to suppress Mafia influence in the unions. The executive director of the California branch of SEIU was recently charged with “several counts of tax evasion, embezzlement, perjury and non-payment of unemployment insurance contributions.” Google “OLMS Criminal Law Enforcement” to find over a thousand criminal investigations of key union officials.
In this revocation ordered by the NLRB at Amazon, the government deemed it necessary due to “employee intimidation”. The company has asked the U.S. Postal Service to set up a secure mailbox for workers to submit their secret ballot. The alleged illegality? The secure box was too close to the warehouse! The convenience of casting a ballot has been touted as a violation of the law. Hasn’t the expansion of postal voting been endlessly praised in the 2020 federal election?
At the center of the crusade to pass the PRO law, a coalition of left-wing groups recently announced the launch of a nationwide bus tour. Dubbed the “Pass the PRO Act Holiday Tour,” the road trip is designed to help build momentum for legislation by visiting home towns and states of lawmakers who have yet to pledge their support. Predictable agitators on tour include Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the United Automobile Workers (there are still officials available who are not in jail), and the still-available contingent of the Democratic Socialists of America.
But it would take more than a cheesy holiday rebranding to rally the American people or the Senate.
If passed, the PRO Act would empower unions to bypass secret ballot union elections, require employers to share employee personal contact details with unions, and overturn legislation in 27 states that grants employees the right to work without having to work. to join a union. The result will be more employees having to pay to join a club they don’t want to join.
Instead, lawmakers should pursue an alternative buffet of policies ensuring that decision-making power lies with workers. The federal legislation already introduced, aptly called the Employee Rights Act (ERA), provides a good roadmap. Among other things, it guarantees secret ballot elections, protects employee privacy and, more importantly, gives employees who are already unionized new and fair procedures to overturn a union vote. For many union members, the initial decision to organize the workplace was made years before their birth.
Current union membership laws remind me of the lyrics to the Eagles song “Hotel California”: “You can check in whenever you want, but you can never leave.” True champions of workers’ rights in government should ensure that employees with buyer’s remorse can easily forgo compulsory union membership. The policies included in the ERA will achieve this – no cheese bus tour is required.
• Richard Berman is the president of Berman and Company, a public affairs company in Washington, DC