In a winners-and-losers story this morning, the Politico reports that unions have been the winners in the new Congress (guess what that means for actual working Americans):
“In the Senate, we would like to see a greater focus on the differences between the parties,” said Bill Samuel, legislative director of the AFL-CIO. “One way to highlight those differences is to force Republicans to filibuster bills.”
UPDATE: And this, from Rep. Buck McKeon:
Adding insult to injury, Democrats have unleashed an all-out assault on democracy in the workplace with their deceptively named “Employee Free Choice Act.” The reality of this union power-grab is a system in which workers are stripped of the right to a secret-ballot unionizing election, instead subjected to strong-arm tactics and possible union intimidation.
Another cleverly titled bill, the so-called “RESPECT Act,” redefines the classification of a supervisor under the National Labor Relations Act in a transparent attempt to inflate the number of dues-paying union members.
The icing on the bureaucratic cake, however, is the Democrats’ aggressive expansion of the Depression-era Davis-Bacon wage mandates. In one bill after another, Democrats have imposed or expanded the reach of Davis-Bacon “prevailing wage” mandates, which use flawed calculations to impose a bureaucratic wage system on federal contracts. By inflating labor rates, Davis-Bacon wages increase the costs of federal projects by as much as 15 percent – costs which get passed on to the taxpayers – and force private companies to do hundreds of millions of dollars of excess administrative work each year.