Union Boss Richard Trumka: Card Check Will Happen in Second Obama Term
November 5, 2012 - 11:30 am
Socialist and Big Labor Richard Trumka has enjoyed incredible access to the Obama administration. He is promising that if Obama is re-elected, millions of American workers could find themselves forced into joining unions whether they want to or not.
“[...] You’ll see it,” he says. “That’s within the next term.” How is that possible, without a Democratic House of Representatives or 60 votes in the Senate? Trumka smiles. His eyes twinkle.
“There’s another election between now and then,” he says. And the AFL-CIO isn’t going anywhere.
Card check would make it possible for unions to unionize workforces against workers’ will by removing secret ballot elections. But Trumka has diagnosed the situation correctly. President Obama supports card check. It won’t matter than he won’t have the votes to pass legislation. As he has done with regard to immigration law, and as he has shown his tendency to reward Big Labor via the auto bailouts, the ObamaCare waivers and the stimulus, Obama will enact card check by fiat if he is given a second term. He will read even a one-vote victory as a mandate, as he has when describing ObamaCare has being passed by a “strong majority,” and he will act secure in the knowledge that the Harry Reid Senate will have his back. Card check would be a massive payoff to Big Labor, and it would fundamentally transform an American workforce that has voluntarily rejected unions for decades.
None of that will matter. Your opposition to unionizing your workforce will not matter whether you are a worker or a business owner. Obama will have the power and he will have the “flexibility” of not having to concern himself with any future elections, and he will act. On this, and on many many other fronts to advance his ideology without regard for whether most Americans want it or not.