Thursday, October 28, 2021

Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill includes measures to benefit unions

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The unions are among the biggest beneficiaries of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” spending plan, which has united the Republican opposition while dividing Democrats in Congress during nearly round-the-clock talks, which are expected to pass. Asking for enough votes.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) must overcome opposition from two Democratic senators—Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona—who worry about passage of the largest spending bill in American history, would seriously damage the economy.

In the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) faces warring liberal and progressive factions, each threatening to overwhelm the reconciliation bill if fundamental changes are not made. Each change, however, runs the risk of eroding support from one faction or the other.

Schumer should put all 49 of his Democratic allies on board and expect help from the Republican side. Pelosi only has a very small majority and cannot afford to lose to a handful of Democrats in the House.

Happily for labor leaders, however, the reconciliation package is full of provisions backed by unions that have traditionally been among the party’s most generous and reliable sources of contributions and campaign workers.

Pro-Labor provisions are in the bill because, as American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randy Weingarten recently told Politico, “Labor helped prepare it.” A Weingarten spokesperson did not respond to The Epoch Times’ request for additional comment.

But James Sherk, a longtime labor-management analyst at the Institute for the American Worker (I4AW), in an analysis released earlier this week pointed to eight provisions of the reconciliation bill, which he believes “Will seriously undermine the freedom of workers.”

Scherck, who has been President Donald Trump’s chief labor policy adviser for nearly four years, said in the analysis that “there is nothing wrong with high union membership when workers freely choose it. Federal laws allow private sector workers to join or unionize.” gives the right to refrain from doing so.

“Unfortunately, many of the provisions in the conciliation bill are designed to push workers into unions, not to leave options in their hands. Other provisions will promote union organizing in the short term, while making unionized companies less competitive in the long run. “

Only six percent of all private sector workers are union members—versus more than 30 percent in the public sector—so union leaders are relying heavily on the reconciliation bill. According to Sher, the more than 2,400 pages of the proposal contain these items:

  • Internet voting on proposals to unionize a company: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed in 2010 to authorize electronic voting by workers on unionization proposals. However, in 2011 Congress banned electronic voting for fear that such a system would seriously harm the freedoms and privacy rights of employees. The conciliation bill allocates $5 million and requires the NLRB to proceed with “the implementation of the system for conducting electronic voting for union representation elections”.
  • No employee meetings to discuss the pros and cons of unionization: The reconciliation bill “prohibits employers from holding mandatory staff meetings to discuss unionization. It punishes violations with very steep fines – $$ per employee Up to 50,000 who participate in each,” according to Sherk.
  • Expands the definition of unfair labor practices (ULPs), imposes heavy fines on the company and its executives: Sherk argues that “since federal labor law is highly complex, it causes many employers—especially small businesses—inadvertently to violate potentially crippling fines for
  • Federal subsidies for union political campaigns: The reconciliation bill includes a $250 tax credit that Scherck argues “indirectly subsidizes union political campaigns” on the part of Democrats. The deduction will not be available to workers covered under agency agreements that allow them to withhold part of their dues that would otherwise go to union political campaign activities.
  • Tax credits for buyers of union-made electric vehicles (EVs): The reconciliation bill provides a $4,500 federal tax credit for buyers of EVs produced by union companies. “It discriminates against employees on the basis of how they exercise their freedom of union, and encourages employers to deny their employees a secret ballot before unionizing,” writes Scherk.
  • Restricts independent contractors and free lancers: The Labor Department’s budget will be increased by $400 million to specifically “enhance enforcement against independent contractors, seeking to reclassify them as employees subject to federal labor laws.” Reclassified workers will lose the flexibility that independent contracts provide,” according to Sherk.
  • Ban on class-action arbitration to settle union disputes: “Arbitration is quicker and less expensive than litigation, and also generates much lower attorney fees. This provision allows employees to use an effective and efficient mechanism for redressal of their rights.” while creating opportunities for trial lawyers,” notes Sherk. Trial lawyers are among the largest funders of Democratic candidates.
  • Restricts permanent replacement workers: This provision is somewhat puzzling, according to Sherk, because “in the long term, it appears likely to lead unions to negotiate contracts that allow unionized employers to be competitive.” put at a loss,” thus eliminating jobs.
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Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF), told The Epoch Times on Thursday that the reconciliation bill is “full of union boss giveaways that only serve to increase workers’ liberties, the economy, and union bosses’ hold on us.” The political system does.

“Some of the most serious inclusions are a ‘tax credit’ based on funding union political spending, unilateral penalties that allow NLRB bureaucrats to bully employers who refuse to hand over workers to union control, and a UAW. major-framed tax provision that discriminates against American electric car manufacturers whose workers oppose union affiliation.”

A spokeswoman for newly elected AFL-CIO President Liz Schuler did not respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment. Schuler succeeded Richard Trumka, who died unexpectedly in August. She is the first woman to head the country’s largest trade union organization.

A spokesman for House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) did not respond to a request for comment. After the committee approved his markup of the labor provisions of the reconciliation bill, Scott barely mentioned them in a statement, “appreciating the increased enforcement of labor law and civil rights violations, and for wage and hour violations.” Set meaningful civil monetary penalties, worker protections and labor laws.

Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America, told The Epoch Times that “while small business owners struggle to avoid a disastrous left-wing economic agenda, the bill will prevent them from meeting the demands of unionization with their workforce. To discuss the implications, and to fine employers up to $100,000 for each violation.”

Anderson said that “every senator should oppose this backdoor union boss bailout.”

Mark Tapscott

Congress correspondent


Hilfaith Founding Editor, Congressional Correspondent for The Epoch Times, FOIA Hall of Fame, Reignnot, OK/Texan.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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