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Biden: No union, no federal contract

Another move to unite America.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Joe Biden promised to be “the most pro-union President you’ve ever seen” before he took office, and he’s spent a year struggling to show it. Now he’s announced a new pro-union agenda, including plans to skirt the law by steering federal funds toward Big Labor.

On Monday the White House released recommendations from its Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. The body, led by Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, was formed last April to “advance worker organizing and collective bargaining” among public and private employers. Its first report includes nearly 70 proposed policy changes.

The boldest discourage federal agencies from issuing contracts and grants to employers that don’t show “strong labor standards.” For example, the report asks the Administration to create a “job quality matrix” to evaluate employers seeking federal funds. Once the metrics are adopted, federal agencies would use them to screen award recipients.

The kicker is that for the Biden Administration, a quality job means a union job.

1 thought on “Biden: No union, no federal contract”

  1. The author of the article cited above gives 3 reasons why this biden giveaway is a lose-lose for taxpayers and the business community. Here are the 3 reasons:

    First, we’ve seen this before with previous Democratic administrations and state and local lawmakers currying favor with union donors. When government mandates PLAs, taxpayer dollars are wasted on public works because PLAs discourage competition from construction firms that employ the 87.4% of U.S. construction workers who freely choose to not join a union.
    PLAs force qualified contractors to replace all or most of their existing employees with workers from union hiring halls and follow inefficient union work rules, creating excessive cost burdens as well as safety and quality risks for high-performing nonunion contractors. Nonunion contractors have built more than half of the federal government’s large-scale construction projects since 2009 and are more likely to be owned by women and minorities.

    Second, for the unfortunate token nonunion construction workers allowed to work on a PLA project, a third of their compensation is forfeited to union coffers and benefit plans unless they join a union, pay fees and help prop up multiemployer union pension plans.

    Third, while PLAs appropriate wages from nonunion workers, they increase construction costs between 12% and 20%, resulting in fewer improvements to road, bridge, utility, school, affordable-housing and clean-energy projects—and fewer jobs.

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