If you’re wondering what’s truly at stake in the 2020 election, look no further than the attempts by Congress to nullify state right-to-work laws.
House Democrats are set to vote next week on the PRO Act — Protecting the Right to Organize. In essence, the bill would force millions of American workers to pay dues to unions they don’t believe are necessary and feel don’t represent them.
What those unions do is collect dues. In the end, that’s what this is about. It’s not about the fairness or unfairness of a worker being paid wages and benefits negotiated by a union. It’s about money that goes into union coffers — money that they can use to buy influence and power.
“Under current law, unions are required to negotiate on behalf of all employees, regardless if they belong to the union or not,” Scott told the Washington Examiner. “The PRO Act simply allows workers to decide that all workers represented by the union should contribute to the costs associated with negotiating on their behalf.”
Scrapping the state laws would force potentially millions of individual workers to give away part of their salaries, whether they wanted to or not, said Greg Mourad, vice president of the National Right to Work Committee, which represents workers in cases against unions. “The term ‘right to work’ means the right to not have to pay for union so-called representation that workers don’t want, didn’t ask for, and believe actually goes against their interests,” he told the Washington Examiner.
The PRO Act is an amalgam of organized labor’s wish lists.
The PRO Act is a collection of far-reaching pro-union reforms intended to strengthen the movement and boost membership. It is the centerpiece of the Democrats’ labor agenda in Congress and is backed by White House contenders, including Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. The latter three are original co-sponsors of the Senate version of the bill.
The bill has zero chance of passage in the Senate and Trump would make a bonfire in the Oval Office of it if it ever made it to his desk.
But suppose on January 20, 2021, Donald Trump wasn’t president? Suppose the Democrats were able to pick up 4 or 5 Senate seats from the Republicans?
Worst of all, suppose Bernie Sanders was the man sitting in the Oval Office?
Those who are politically aware know what’s really at stake in November. The liberties we enjoy have come under assault — usually in the name of “fairness” or “social justice.” The choices we face — as odious and perplexing as they are — are nevertheless clear.
One party is on the side of freedom. The other party is not. And everybody has a stake in the outcome.