In his book, “Audacity of Hope”, Barack Obama recognized his debt to labor unions and revealed what he would do if given the chance to lead this country:
"I owe those unions... When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don't mind feeling obligated."
Of course Obama’s obligation is not to the rank and file union members, it is to the big time union bosses; they are the ones that call the shots and devote huge amounts of money to Obama’s ambitions. Indeed, many union members do not subscribe to the Obama socialist program and did not vote for Obama. But the way unions are structured members have little to say about how their leadership does things and who or how union bosses spend their dues money on politics.
Obama won the election but he was in no way given a mandate to grant union bosses carte blanche on all matters related to union–management relations or to grant unrestricted rights to unions not only over their membership but also the employers who pay their wages.
He was not in any way elected as Human Events says to push through policies that will:
“1) Deny workers the right to a secret ballot when voting on whether or not they want to be part of a union (this is at top of the agenda for Big Labor, because it would enable union organizers to forcibly unionize millions more workers into dues-paying union ranks);
2) Ban companies in effect from running their companies during a strike -- a right they have held for roughly 70 years;
3) Attack 22 State Right to Work laws, which make union membership and union dues voluntary;
4) Appoint hundreds of labor cronies on the federal courts, throughout the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and other federal agencies;
5) Expand the definition of "employee" and narrow the definition of management, thereby placing more employees under union boss control; and
6) Force state and local governments under the monopoly control of union bosses as the monopoly bargaining agents for police, firefighters, and other first responders. Each of these steps will dramatically increase the political influence, money, and power of the far left big time labor bosses.”
If Obama gets his way and fulfills his promise to “call them back right away” when labor leaders call by enacting legislation dictated by union bosses, not only will unions be in a better position to help Obama politically, but working with Democrat majorities in the House and Senate he can achieve an anti-business and anti-free enterprise system that will impose forced unionism on United States workers.
There are efforts underway to thwart Obama’s big labor grab. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF) and The National Right to Work Foundation are fighting to prevent Obama from achieving his labor boss agenda. Their attorneys have gone up against union lawyers at the U.S. Supreme Court 14 times and in many other cases. For example, the National Right to Work Foundation won a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of CWA Union v. Beck, forbidding union bosses from spending workers' forced dues on politics and lobbying. Of course, the big time union bosses have all but ignored that ruling and state courts have let them get away with this. Nonetheless, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation continues to file lawsuits to remind unions that the Beck decision is real and unions must follow the law.
But the unfortunate truth is that with Obama in the White House and Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, and with Democrat leaders like Pelosi and Reid, the union bosses' agenda for "change" in the workplace has a great chance of success unless the people of America make their voices heard in Washington. If the American people act together, we can prevent Barack Obama from turning over control of workplaces to big time labor bosses which would destroy free enterprise and prevent us from surviving the present financial crisis.
Look how the unions destroyed the auto industry; the same thing will happen across the board if Obama and union bosses are successful in rewriting America’s labor laws.
It is vital that the voting public understand what is at stake here. Obama should not be allowed to enact a crippling unionism agenda on America.