By John Hawkins
This is an absolute outrage and if the Republican Party doesn’t make this into a major issue, it should just fold its tents and go home.
President Obama’s labor regulators are preparing to give his “army” of unions the private contact information of workers employed by non-union companies, as part of an array of rules to facilitate and finance union expansion.
“The National Labor Relations Board is expected to start work on a rule that would force businesses to turn over workers’ phone numbers, emails and shift times to union organizers,” the Associated Press reported this week.
It’s an effort to enhance the unions’ voter contact operations, in effect, as current law only requires companies to give union organizers the home addresses of the workers whom they hope will vote to unionize.
“What this is trying to do — arguably, it violates the workers’ privacy — but facilitate the union getting in touch,” The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk told The Washington Examiner. “It is just going to be a headache for workers. You tell the union organizer ‘no’ once and they just keep coming back, can come back and they keep harassing you and now they’ve got your phone number that they can be calling you on — now they can be spamming your email.”
The whole idea that union thugs should be given the home phone numbers of non-union members is outrageous. How is it that your medical records can be treated like the codes to the nuclear football and the Supreme Court has created a constitutional right to privacy to justify abortion, but the law can require unions to be given the private phone numbers of employees who have absolutely nothing to do with them? “Oh, but it would make it easier for the unions to recruit them if they know their phone numbers.” It would make it easier for us to draw new readers to the website if we had the phone number of every Republican in America, so can we have those? No, then why should the unions get those phone numbers?
Again, if the Republican Party isn’t making this into a major issue, it should fold its tents!