Business Leaders Blast White House Union Report As Pro-Union Propaganda
Group says report is another example of pro-union allies in Biden Administration pushing anti-worker agenda
Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of more than 500 major business organizations, released the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s White House Task Force On Worker Organizing And Empowerment report on how to boost union membership in the federal government and public and private sectors.
The following can be attributed to Kristen Swearingen, Chair of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace:
“Today’s report from the White House task force is nothing more than pro-union propaganda and exemplifies how entrenched pro-union allies are in this administration. Instead of trying to solve any of the many problems real American families are facing, like inflation or the supply chain crisis, union allies in the White House are focused on finding ways to boost union membership to pad their coffers and restore the influence of their former employers.
“By contrast, numerous studies have shown that the PRO Act would undermine worker freedoms and cause billions of dollars in economic damage that would reverberate throughout the country. Additionally, a national survey showed that voters don’t want union power to increase and are concerned that the PRO Act would force American workers into unions.
“America is in the midst of one of the worst supply chain crises it has ever faced, and unions across the country have been actively encouraging work stoppages and strikes, which only hurt American businesses, workers and consumers. This administration should turn its attention to helping American families instead of trying to save union bosses.
“We strongly urge Members of Congress to focus on real problems that exist, instead of manufactured ones like shrinking union ranks, and reject the radical labor provisions being pushed by pro-union allies and union lobbyists.”
About The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) represents nearly 500 major business organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Small Business Association, National Restaurant Association, National Association of Home Builders, National Retail Federation, National Grocers Association, International Franchise Association, National Association of Manufacturers, International Council of Shopping Centers and American Trucking Association.
CDW is a broad-based coalition of hundreds of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and millions of employees in various industries across the country concerned with a long-standing effort by some in the labor movement to make radical changes to the National Labor Relations Act without regard to the severely negative impact they would have on employees, employers, and the economy. CDW was originally formed in 2005 in opposition to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – a bill similar to the PRO Act – that would have stripped employees of the right to secret ballots in union representation elections and allowed arbitrators to set contract terms regardless of the consequence to workers or businesses.