Shaprio rightly points out that the card check issue is even bigger than worker coercion and forced unionization through the deprivation of secret ballot votes in union elections. Also at stake are the integrity of our labor laws, the balance of power in American labor-management relations, and possibly our entire economy.
Shapiro reminds us that unions once existed primarily to ensure worker safety, but protections for our labor force are now the law of the land. Unions today have become more concerned with negotiating above-market wages and benefits for their members, lobbying to block free trade agreements at every turn, and protecting their own power.
When achieved, these three things make companies less competitive. And companies that cannot compete will flounder or fail, hurting the shareholders and driving jobs overseas while dumping their newly unemployed into the American economy.
Shapiro reminds us that creative innovation is the American way and the best way out of the present situation. He asks us to realize that the big union bullwhips and our mounting personal and national debt are driving us all into a deep pit that may soon become a mass grave.
Rather than burden companies with heavy tarrifs, big taxes, and too cumbersome regulatory and union restrictions, we should be doing our best to lighten their load so they can be faster and more flexible. In a global economy that can often turn on a dime, getting around the corner quickly is the difference between keeping up with the pack or being left in the proverbial dust.