Democrats screw labor unions yet again
We are only weeks away from the presidential primaries, and the left wing of the party has never been so active, so you might think the Democratic Party leadership would take this moment to throw a bone to the critical labor union membership.
Well, think again!
Among other benefits, a new bill would abolish right-to-work laws that cripple union organizing, create penalties for employers that punish workers for organizing, and set out rules to eliminate delays in negotiating union contracts.
The bill, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO), was introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and has 215 co-sponsors.
Hey that sounds great and long-overdue.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 64% of Americans support organized labor, a near fifty year high.
And it's cost-free for the Dems, because the Republicans in the Senate will never pass it.
So this should be a no-brainer even for corporate Dems, right?
Obviously you don't think like a corporate Dem.
Under pressure from moderate Democrats in key swing districts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to bring the White House-negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the floor before the end of the year. Moderate Democrats believe they can more easily win re-election with a bipartisan accomplishment under their belts. But passing it would hand President Trump a key political victory in the midst of impeachment proceedings, potentially undermining the entire Democratic ticket in 2020.
There’s also the labor question itself. Trump has sold the U.S.M.C.A. as a worker-friendly revision to the North American Free Trade Agreement. But union leaders and their Democratic allies say it needs stronger enforcement for labor rights and environmental protection. Rushing it now may undermine both. It’s also not clear that this would actually help moderate Democrats. Passing a bill only validates Trump’s oft-made claim that he’s an expert deal-maker, and as the presidential election nears, bolstering the president means you’re boosting his party.
You've got it right.
The Dem leadership would rather throw labor unions under the bus in order to pass a business-friendly FTA that Trump negotiated.
I'm gonna give some money to whoever is running against Pelosi now.