Liz Blaine’s excellent piece Sunday showed the tension between union members who see illegal aliens flooding the job market and driving down the price of labor, and union bosses who lobby for watering down immigration laws, obsessing over “migrant rights,” and boycotting Arizona.
And while Liz is right that this fits into the socialist mindset of most union muckety-mucks, and although workers are indeed befuddled by how their leadership can sign onto something that is so obviously against the interest of American workers, both miss the real reason behind this position: Money and power, that’s what this is really all about.
You see, union leaders consider floods of unskilled and unschooled workers a ripe field for harvesting union dues. Democrats look at them as future (maybe near future) voters. Since the union bosses are tied to the Democratic Party, that makes them a source for political power, as well.
President Barack Obama is doing everything he can to promote– and even force– union membership. From the infamous “card-check,” to directing stimulus funds to unions, to specifically unionized sectors: as long as a plan increases union’s hold over Americans, Obama’s for it.
Proof that unions no longer see any line between private industry unions and public sector unions can be illustrated by taking a closer look at the United Auto Workers. The UAW’s middle initial is becoming increasingly ironic, as its largest local is no longer a GM or Ford factory complex in Detroit or Flint, but Local 6000—a State of Michigan employees union.
Once upon a time, there was a certain tension between autoworkers and public employees on union and strike issues, as the former knew they paid the salaries of the latter. This was especially true around teachers’ strikes, because it were the autoworkers’ children and grandchildren who were being used as political pawns so teachers could extract more money from—well, their (grand)parents.
Now, for the union bosses, “Workers of the world, unite!” truly is the battle-cry. As unions become less and less relevant in the real world, government is the only unionized growth industry – and illegal immigrants may be the only audience ill-informed enough to fall for the union spiel en masse.