Columns

The Morning Briefing: Democrat/Labor Alliance Is a Commie Nightmare for America

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Top O’ the Briefing

Democrats and Big Labor Are Bad for Business

Happy Thursday, dear fellow travelers along the Kruiser Morning Briefing path. The dress code is whiskey.

On a personal note: I really wish that I didn’t find Forensic Files so comforting.

It was less than a week ago that I was writing about what a mess things are in California. We were focusing on the governor then, but we all know that the hot mess list over in the Golden State is rather lengthy. Looking at the state from the outside, no sane person would say, “Hey, let’s have more of that. In fact, let’s see if we can make the whole country run like California.”

Well, kids, that’s exactly what the Democrats want.

My laundry list of reasons that I didn’t want the Democrats to be successful last November ran about War and Peace length and one of the things on it that I mentioned frequently in interviews was the looming national version of California’s disastrous AB 5 law. Dems were salivating at the prospect of having a hammerlock on Congress so they could push through the PRO Act, which is AB 5 on federal steroids. It’s got the components of AB 5 and it resurrects the card check insanity that the Democrats tried and failed to pass in the early days of The Lightbringer era.

The House finally managed to pass it and Stacey wrote a deep dive post on it yesterday:

The House of Representatives has passed the PRO Act, short for “Protecting the Right to Organize.” This bill goes far beyond the promise the Obama administration made to give card-check neutrality to private-sector unions. Then it was called the Employee Free Choice Act. The legislation would have allowed union certification via the card-check process traditionally used to force a union election. If 50% +1 voted to have a union election, both the employer and the union conducted campaigns before the election. Under card-check neutrality, if a majority signed cards, the union would be automatically certified. It did not pass when Democrats held Congress and the White House in 2009.

The PRO Act brings card-check neutrality in the backdoor. The legislation gives the National Labor Relations Board the power to overrule a union election loss if a majority of employees sign a card and the union alleges the employer interfered in the election. A majority of employees had to sign a card to trigger the election in the first place. The burden of proof would be on the employer to prove they did not interfere. There are already significant restrictions on what an employer can do during a union election campaign. This provision would upend the understanding of due process that generally applies to administrative law.

It also outlaws Right-to-Work laws in the 27 states that have them. If you look at a map, you can see what many of them have in common.

Put mildly, this thing is a nightmare.

The PRO Act also adopts the assault on the gig economy in AB 5, forcing companies that usually use independent contractors to hire them as employees. Once all of those new bodies are on the payroll, the rest of the PRO Act is there to force them into the dues-paying fold.

Convenient, no?

AB 5 is so awful that even the ultra-liberal electorate in California passed a ballot measure to counter it last November.

As Stacey notes in her post, this bill is designed to beef up union membership. Private-sector union membership has been cratering for a very long time. Public sector unions (which should be illegal) are doing all right, especially in states with no right-to-work laws. Union membership only thrives with coercion. This bill is one big strong-arm play.

This is also a big part of the Democrats’ long term, one-party fever dream for the United States:

Democrats’ incentive for doing this is obvious. The vast majority of union donations go to Democrat candidates and causes. Having higher union density made up of members forced to pay dues benefits them directly. The PRO Act is an insane level of graft in the legislative process.

This is no small thing. Getting back to the California example: the most powerful political lobby in the most populous state in the union is the California Teachers Association. More union members being forced to fork over dues means more money flowing to Democratic causes. The California assemblywoman who sponsored AB 5 is a former AFL-CIO executive, by the way.

Now we have to hope that this monstrosity dies a hideous death in the Senate.

Stupid Georgia.

I Had 3 of Them Over the Years

Everything Isn’t Awful

PJ Media

BREAKING: House Passes COVID-19 Spending Bonanza With Zero Republican Votes

VodkaPundit: Insanity Wrap #162: Biden Has Lost Total Control of the Border, White House in Denial

I only liked one of the sons. Mumford & Sons Guitarist Steps Down After Endorsing Andy Ngo’s Book Exposing Antifa

ACLU Under Fire for Helping to Destroy Lives of Smith College Workers Falsely Accused of Racism

Potential Jurors in the George Floyd Killing Case Are Afraid They’ll Be Targeted. Can’t Imagine Why.

Gavin Newsom, in Recall Hole, Keeps Digging

Senate Republicans Are Failing Us… Big Time

Cool story bro. Disney CEO Says Gina Carano’s Firing Was Not Political – Poll Says No One Will Buy it

Court Case Accuses Panda Express of Subjecting Employees to ‘Cult-Like’ Training That Forces Them to Strip With Co-Workers

ACLU Under Fire for Helping to Destroy Lives of Smith College Workers Falsely Accused of Racism

Michigan: Muslim Instagrammer Harasses Jews in Kosher Shop

Biden’s Media Woke Show for His Female Generals Was Missing One Key Thing

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Giving Greens Some Dangerous Ideas About Imposing Climate Policy

Townhall Mothership

Schlichter: The Emperor Is Naked and Senile Too

Why Michael Moore’s Hot Take on Minimum Wage Is All Wrong

Xavier Becerra Would Be The Most Partisan HHS Secretary We’ve Ever Had, And He’s Not Even Qualified

Mittens fails again. Sorry, Anti-Trump GOP, Trump was Good for the Republican Party

Trump Sounds Off on Biden’s Vaccine Rollout

Oklahoma Senate Approves 2A Sanctuary Bill

How Gun Control Moves Women’s Rights Backwards

Gun Control Activists Offer Snake Oil As “Innoculation” Against Violence

The Chamber of Commerce Cries About Democrats After Supporting Democrats, and Getting Bent Comes to Mind

Check the Unbelievable ‘Folksy’ Factcheck on Biden Forgetting His Defense Sec’s Name, Plus There’s Another Biden ‘Fumble’

Governor Matthew McConaughey? The Actor Says It Could Happen

Tucker Carlson Opens up a Can on the NY Times Over Reporter ‘Controversy’, Leaves No Stone Unturned

It’s almost like the government has been wrong about everything. Checking In On A Texas School District Where The Schools Never Closed

Ya think? Mexican Official: Smugglers Have Been Gearing Up ‘From The Day Biden Took Office’

Collins To Schumer: Stop Being “An Obstacle To Bipartisanship”

Glenn Greenwald’s Insightful Take On The Taylor Lorenz Situation

‘Is this a cage?’ WaPo’s report/photo about overwhelmed ‘Border Patrol stations’ sparks questions & comparisons

Check out how California’s proposed ‘ethnic studies’ curriculum manages to slip in ‘countergenocide’ and ‘queering’ as goals

President Biden once again gives his sign-language interpreter an impossible task

VIP

Kruiser’s (Almost) Daily Distraction: I’m Thinking About Being Nicer to People

‘BANNED’ — A Song Parody to the Tune of REM’s ‘Stand’

I Am Really Freaking Sick of Anthony Fauci

COVID-19 Set Dangerous Precedents for Health Care and Scientific Inquiry, Dr. Scott Atlas Warns

GOLD Harry’s Really to Blame Here, Right?

Around the Interwebz

Kia Is Recalling 380,000 Vehicles Over a Fire Risk

Why Pokémon Cards Continue To Endure 25 Years Later

Audio cassette tape inventor Lou Ottens dies aged 94

Overtime targets NCAA with new league offering $100,000 salary to high school players

New Mexico assisted suicide bill ‘worst in the nation’, Archbishop Wester warns

Time to take on the thoughtpolice

Bee Me

The Kruiser Kabana

Kabana Gallery

Kabana Travel

Kabana Tunes

I should be writing this from a moon base.

___

Kruiser on Gab
Kruiser on Parler
Kruiser on MeWe
Kruiser on Twitter
Kruiser on Facebook
PJ Media Senior Columnist and Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.