WAR ON BUSINESS: As if things could not get worse for limousine operators in California, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) has released a study highlighting local laws, including many in California, that force employers to waive their rights under federal labor law. These so-called “labor peace” ordinances pressure private sector employers to grant organizing concessions to unions in order to perform work on projects or at facilities in which government entities assert a “proprietary interest.” The intent of these laws is to facilitate union organizing without the safeguards and balance ensured by federal law.
State and/or local governments in at least 10 other states and the District of Columbia already have “labor peace” laws, including Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
This should not come as a surprise to small businesses, since unions are always courting politicians and government officials to gain favor, or where necessary, bully and intimidate their way to gold-plated health plans and lucky-duck pensions. Unions are actually afraid of the free market, because if they and their members actually had to survive on their merits sans any government help or forced contracts, the free market would deliver a resounding NO to union tactics, outsized benefits, and stubborn "job protection" rackets. -- Martin Romjue, LCT editor
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