Check your sources
January 31, 2013
The past week brought stories about declining union membership, nationwide and here in Wisconsin.
Especially interesting is a Milwaukee Business Journal story noting shrinkage of Wisconsin union participation since Governor Walker’s Act 10 reforms introduced an element of choice.
The Business Journal quotes David Madland of the Center for American Progress Action Fund saying the decline in union membership is “alarming for all Americans.” He touts the eminently fair-minded view that “all workers who would like to join a union [should be] able to do so.”
But one detail is missing. What’s the “Center for American Progress?”
Founded by ex-Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta, it is run by Neera Tanden who helped pass ObamaCare after serving as domestic policy chief for the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign. The Action Fund is run by Virginia Democrat Tom Perriello, bounced from Congress after one term in which he proudly supported Cap and Trade legislation and Obamacare.
That helps clear up who finds declining union membership “alarming.” It also underlines the immense importance of Friday’s federal appeals court decision that Obama “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional and invalid. Our supreme leader violated the constitution so he could use the NLRB to dragoon workers into union membership, making them involuntarily disgorge dues money that might as well be paid directly to the Democratic Party as to the unions.
And there’s the fundamental dishonesty of David Madland claiming labor law reforms like Wisconsin’s impair the right to join or not join a union: His outfit is dedicated to prohibiting the worker choice he pretends to advocate.
As a deceased radio commentator used to say, now you know the rest of the story.