President Joe Biden often appears to struggle with the English language, providing a never-ending supply of fodder for his many critics.
But a two-minute video recently posted on Twitter does far more than highlight Biden’s linguistic struggles or offer further empty promises. In it, the president veers accidentally into a candid topic which will worry his friends in the country’s government employee unions.
Referring to Amazon employees in Alabama under pressure to unionize, the self-described “best friend labor has ever had in the White House” fulminated, “Let me be really clear: It’s not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union. But let me be even more clear: It’s not up to an employer to decide that, either. The choice to join a union is up to the workers — full stop; full stop.”
While he is correct, the problem is not Biden’s words, but his intent and his actions.
In this case, the president is all for workers having a right to choose for themselves whether to unionize. As long as they decide in the affirmative, that is.
For example, prior to the election, Joe Biden had no use whatsoever for right-to-work laws. You know, the ones that safeguard the rights of workers to join a union — or not.
Then, he promised to invalidate the decision by executive order, if need be, in order to force every public-sector employee back into union entrapment.
Big Labor and Big Tech — both bastions of left-wing progressivism — come down on opposite sides of Biden’s blunder.
Big Tech — in particular, Amazon — has been fighting off unionization amongst its employees because, although “liberal” is a delicate way to describe Silicon Valley, they understand that unionization kills productivity, innovation and the flexibility to reward their best and brightest employees.
Big Labor claims to be for the little guy, and that without them, American capitalism would bring back seven-day work weeks, child labor and dangerous sweatshops.
Big Tech knows better and realizes the only legitimate remaining function for unions is negotiating wages and benefits — increasing personnel costs that often cut deeply into a company’s bottom line and inflate costs to consumers.
Perhaps that’s why, if not for public-sector unions, the Labor Movement might have burned out long ago.
When given the opportunity to negotiate for their own workplace preferences and ability to keep more of their own money in their paycheck, many private-sector companies and employees walked away from Big Labor.
Amazon is fighting off unionization everywhere it can because private-sector unions are simply an expensive middleman.
Big Labor knows this all too well, which is why they can’t allow companies like Amazon and employees everywhere the opportunity to choose for themselves whether to engage in unionization.
The majority would undoubtedly say, “No thanks.”
Aaron Withe is national director of the Freedom Foundation, a multi-state public policy organization specializing in the abuses of government employee unions.