Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Obama Push for Unions

It's not only Boeing. It includes independent truckers (!) And it's not necessarily just for the benefit of unions; it's also a move to protect 'compliant' firms--the 'establishment', if you prefer.

President Barack Obama’s administration is using new “environmental standards” to force independent owner-operator truckers into becoming part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that gave more than $2 million to Democrats in the last two election cycles. By increasing the number of “green” requirements truckers have to comply with in order to get into some major United States ports — like Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland — the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are helping push previously independent truckers into companies, which then makes them vulnerable to unionization or, in many cases, forced to join a union.

I've always known that if the Gummint wants to harass, detain, or generally screw with a citizen, they'll find a way, right down to checking your turn signal lights--so this sort of bureaucratic crap is not exactly a surprise. The "license" requirements are another method (barbers, stylists, yadayada.)

What IS a surprise is that the Gummint is being so obvious.

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