Biden’s ‘infrastructure’ plan is really a massive push to unionize the US workforce

President Joe Biden is touring to Virginia and Louisiana this week to pitch his American Jobs Plan — also called an “infrastructure” plan. New bridges, safer highways and extra broadband are simple sells. But that’s solely half the story.

This is additionally a massive and coercive push to unionize the American workforce — whether or not staff need it or not.

Biden’s plan is a wish list of changes sought by union bosses. It cancels right-to-work legal guidelines in 27 states that defend staff from having to pay union dues in the event that they don’t need to be part of.

It additionally rigs union elections by changing secret balloting with a system referred to as card verify. Organizers will likely be in a position to see which staff vote “no” and intimidate them. 

During the 2020 presidential contest, unions donated millions to Biden’s campaign, manned telephone banks and bought out the vote for Democrats. Now it’s payback time.

The aim of the American Jobs Plan is to improve the ranks of dues-paying union members. When the subsequent election rolls round, that may fund extra marketing campaign contributions to Democrats and extra union assistance on Election Day.

Unionizing America is the technique to safe a everlasting Democratic majority, the rights of rank-and-file staff be damned.

Gig-economy impartial contractors, resembling Uber drivers, additionally lose their freedom underneath Biden’s plan. It forces them to be “employees” and due to this fact ripe for unionization. An identical plan imposed by California Democrats evoked widespread outrage and had to be revoked. Unfazed, Biden’s pushing forward on a nationwide scale.

Addressing the nation final week, Biden boasted he’ll defend labor’s proper to set up. News flash: It doesn’t want defending. Only 10.8 % of American staff are unionized as a result of most staff don’t need to share their paycheck with union bosses. In the non-public sector, it’s even smaller, a minuscule 6 %.

When a union tried to set up Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., final month, Biden blasted out a video on social media supporting the union drive. But the warehouse staff voted in opposition to unionizing.

Congressional Republicans are bashing the $2.3 trillion price tag on Biden’s American Jobs Plan and the job-killing company tax hikes to pay for it. Those are professional grievances. But the GOP also needs to be protesting the president’s assault on labor rights.

Biden boasts he’s a “union president.” Someone has to look out for the 90 % of staff who don’t belong to unions. Republicans ought to make it their job. 

On April 26, Biden wrongly claimed that it is “the policy of the United States to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining,” and he referred to as for a rise in “worker power” — sounding like Karl Marx calling on staff to unite. In an unprecedented transfer, he is additionally establishing a process drive to throw the complete weight of the federal authorities behind organizing American staff. 

Recent polls present a slim majority of Americans assist the infrastructure plan. That’s as a result of they haven’t seen the superb print making it practically unattainable for nonunion employers and staff to profit. When union organizers present up at job websites, contractors can have to keep “neutral,” in accordance to the slippery language in Biden’s plan, as an alternative of making their case like Amazon successfully did.

To unionize America, Biden stretches the that means of “infrastructure” to embody something your tax {dollars} should buy. The largest merchandise is a whopping $400 billion to pay dwelling well being staff, who will likely be given “an opportunity to organize or join a union and collectively bargain.” 

In 2020, the Service Employees International Union, which represents these aides, supported Biden, and candidate Biden pledged $450 billion for more health-aide jobs. On your tab, after all.

Biden’s plan fleeces taxpayers and sabotages the rights of nonunion staff. All underneath the guise of “infrastructure.”

April’s jobs report, to be launched Friday, is anticipated to present probably greater than 1 million new hires. The economic system is rebounding with out Biden’s infrastructure invoice. America wants higher roads and bridges, however not at the price of staff’ freedom. The GOP ought to stand agency on that precept.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.

Twitter: @Betsy_McCaughey

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