Obama and Biden will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions. He will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Obama and Biden will ensure that his labor appointees support workers’ rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama and Biden will also increase the minimum wage and index it to inflation to ensure it rises every year.
- Ensure Freedom to Unionize: Obama and Biden believe that workers should have the freedom to choose whether to join a union without harassment or intimidation from their employers. Obama cosponsored and is strong advocate for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to assure that workers can exercise their right to organize. He will continue to fight for EFCA’s passage and sign it into law.
- Fight Attacks on Workers’ Right to Organize: Obama has fought the Bush National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) efforts to strip workers of their right to organize. He is a cosponsor of legislation to overturn the NLRB’s “Kentucky River” decisions classifying hundreds of thousands of nurses, construction, and professional workers as “supervisors” who are not protected by federal labor
- Protect Striking Workers: Obama and Biden support the right of workers to bargain collectively and strike if necessary. They will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers, so workers can stand up for themselves without worrying about losing their livelihoods.
- Raise the Minimum Wage: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will raise the minimum wage, index it to inflation and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit to make sure that full-time workers earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs.
- Card Check recognition of Unions – WITHOUT a secret ballot election
- Government-imposed “Fast-track” union contracts
- Punitive damages and penalties for companies (not unions)
The last thing you want to do in an economy that is suffering is make it so that the labor force is not affordable. If you unionize all industries, then you will raise wages. Which is not a bad thing, but that also makes it so that a lot of companies can’t compete because of the inflated wages.
Just my two cents. We are going to see a lot more companies close their doors, and if the statistics are collect, you will see that the majority of them are unionized industries. If I remember right, DHL just went out of business in the US and they are unionized. The automakers are now saying they need help, and they are unionized. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues.