Biden’s Plan to Overturn State Right-to-Work Laws
One of the biggest winners in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan is organized labor. Specifically, the Biden proposal would give unions some big legislative wins they’ve been seeking for years – in part by undermining state laws regarding the right to work.
According to Reason’s Eric Boehm, the problems center on the PRO Act, which:
…strengthens unions by telling workers to pay up. Among other things, the bill would amend parts of the National Labor Relations Act to allow the federal government to stomp out the so-called “right-to-work” laws that forbid unions from forcing non-members to pay a share of union dues. If passed, the PRO Act would roll back the rights of individual workers, who would no longer get to choose whether they want to financially support a union.
Passage of the PRO Act is obviously a major political priority for labor unions—Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, recently described it as a “game-changer” in an interview with NPR—because it would provide a new stream of revenue even as the overall number of unionized workers continues to decline.
That’s just the beginning of the benefits to big labor:
Beyond the right-to-work provision, the PRO Act is a grab bag of policies that would help tip the scales towards unions. It would force employers to turn over employees’ private information—including cellphone numbers, email addresses, and work schedules—to union organizers. It would accelerate the National Labor Relation Board’s official timetable for union organizing elections in non-union workplaces. And it would codify so-called “card check” elections, removing the protection of the secret ballot when a workplace votes to unionize.
So much for Democrats’ vocal support for “free, fair, and open” elections. When it comes to giving labor what it wants – money and power – nothing as puny as state laws, individual choice, and democracy can be left standing in the way.