Most Americans realize that Labor Day is about celebrating workers, not union bosses. But that won’t stop Big Labor’s apologists from seizing the spotlight to demand more power.
Fact is, modern unions are built on the legal privileges of compulsion and extortion. In 27 states without Right to Work laws, nonunion employees can be fired for refusing to pay union dues.
Millions more nonunion workers have no choice but to accept union bargaining over their wages and working conditions, even if they want nothing to do with the union.
This despite the fact that poll after poll shows the American people overwhelmingly oppose forced union dues and affiliation.
What’s more, union officials routinely funnel nonunion workers’ forced dues into political campaigns aimed at defending or expanding their already extensive special privileges.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Big Labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as was previously thought.
This forced-dues-funded billion-dollar machine enables union bosses to wield an immense amount of political clout in Washington, D.C., and state capitals, even though private-sector voluntary union membership continues to steadily decline.
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama ignored the U.S. Constitution and unilaterally installed two pro-forced unionism lackeys and Beltway insiders onto the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency that administers and enforces federal labor law.