From the statehouse in Madison, Wis., to a Boeing factory in Charleston, S.C., it was a busy year for organized labor.(full story at tbo.com)
They've been working tirelessly to convince Americans that membership in the middle class is synonymous with membership in a labor union. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — dominated by union-friendly appointees — has been an important ally, just recently approving new election rules to speed private-sector union organizing.
Lost amidst these political battles is any discussion of employees' best interests.
Enter the Employee Rights Act (ERA). This legislation, co-sponsored by Republicans Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, takes an important step to restore freedom to American labor markets.
The history of organized labor makes one thing abundantly clear: When given a choice, most American workers are skeptical of union power. Throughout much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, union membership was well below 10 percent. The numbers changed in the 1930s when legislation that tilted the rules in favor of unions was passed (such as the Norris LaGuardia Act of 1932, the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938).
Unions are legal cartels. Unions restrict the supply of labor in order to raise the wages and benefits of their members above levels that would be set by free-market forces.
Meet The Employee Rights Amendment
Economics of rank-and-file workers' rights EXPOSED!