Think Unions Are Politically Powerful Now? Just Wait Till After Card Check
It's always nice for politicians when they can pass legislation that will result in more campaign donations for them. A union-backed bill moving through Congress would result in a lot more campaign money for those politicians who support it. But workers and business owners would stand to lose their freedoms and jobs in the process.
The bill being pushed so hard by Big Labor is named the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The name is seriously misleading. Instead of promoting employees' freedom, it would remove secret ballot protections workers currently enjoy during union elections and empower federal bureaucrats to impose contracts on employers and workers without their consent. There's no "free choice" in this bill. A more accurate title would be the Employee "Forced" Choice Act.
Supporters and opponents disagree on many aspects of this legislation, but the one thing they both agree on is that if EFCA becomes law, more workers will join unions. When you force workers to sign up for unions out in the open in front of union officials and their fellow workers, as this bill would require, it should be obvious that unionization rates would increase. Sure, it may be the result of intimidation and/or coercion, but unions will grow.
With this increased unionization also comes increased revenue from union dues. As the number of private-sector workers joining unions has declined since the 1950s, the amount of money flowing into union coffers has begun to dry up. EFCA would serve as a bailout on the backs of small businesses and change that -- dramatically.
A significant amount of the new money to which labor bosses would have access would be directed to political activity. Union executives spend heavily on elections to make sure their allies are rewarded and enemies punished. With more members, Big Labor will have a lot more money to pass around to their politician friends.
How much more money are we talking about? A new study by the Workforce Fairness Institutes (WFI) estimates that if EFCA becomes law, over the next ten years union bosses will have an additional $1.7 billion to spend on political activity. This study also shows that past union political donations -- not surprisingly -- have gone overwhelmingly to politicians who supported EFCA. There is no reason to think this would change in the future.