The Democratic Party used to be known for its desire to help the working class and put laws in place to protect them. But those days appear to be gone for good.
Contrary to what a few of its leading presidential candidates say, the party seems to only be out for more power and organization, leaving its citizens and people out to fend for themselves.
On top of the recent changes in some states that demand gig workers and small business owners work how they want or else, they are now pushing for a bill that would basically nullify the right to work laws in at least 28 states.
The bill, known as the PRO Act (Protecting the Right to Organize), was pushed by House Democrats to be sent to the floor for a vote on Thursday. If passed, it would allow labor unions nationwide to have access to all manner of things, including the personal contact information of people who have opted out of a union.
According to The Competitive Enterprise Institute, the bill:
“Essentially nullifies 28 states’ right to work laws. In these states, workers at a unionized workplace may choose whether or not they want the union to represent them. The PRO act would require non-union workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment, even when they opt out of union representation.”
I don’t care who you are; no wants to pay for things they don’t use or want. It’s just common sense. And something that has been debated on before, even in the Supreme Court.
In Janus v AFSCME in 2017, the court ruled that the state of Illinois could not force unwilling employees to pay for services or union fees it did not believe in, as this violates the First Amendment. Per the Supreme Court ruling, “Forcing free and independent individuals to endorse ideas they find objectionable raises serious First Amendment concerns.”
And this isn’t the only court that has made similar decisions. Around the nation, workers such as Mark Janus have fought to have union fees and dues returned to them and have won. But that clearly hasn’t stopped House Dems from trying to invoke this bill.
For all the liberals squawking about our First Amendment and the right to free speech, apparently, it’s only relevant when it benefits them.
The bill would also allow these unions to have all employees’ personal information, whether the union represents them or not. This would include “home addresses, working hours, phone numbers and email addresses.” And the Institute warns that this could be very dangerous for non-union workers.
“Unions have already used such information before to pressure workers to support unionization campaigns. As Kovacs writes: In one example, the Communication Workers of America Local 1103 used workers personal data to sign her up for unwanted magazine subscriptions and consumer products. She was billed thousands of dollars and had to spend hours each day unsubscribing herself.”
Obviously, as the above example proves, this is hugely problematic and a complete risk to workers everywhere. Unions were designed to protect the worker and represent them fairly. However, in the process of becoming the multi-million-dollar giants, they are today, some have lost sight of that goal. Instead, all they care about is power and money, money and power.
All too often, we hear stories like the one above, where some union or union leader has mismanaged funds, pressured employees into doing something they didn’t want, or simply swindling the under advantaged out of thousands. This bill’s passing would make those cases all the more abundant and possible.
Thankfully, some have taken notice of what the Democrats are trying to do here.
Workforce Fairness Institute’s Heather Greenaway sent a letter to both parties of the House, letting them know of her concerns for the proposed legislation.
She said, “WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving.”
Besides this glimmer of hope, it has yet to be passed in the Senate, where under the leadership of Mitch O’Connell, it is unlikely to move on to the president. But even if it made it that far, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that he cares for America’s workers and so would veto it.