The controversial infrastructure plan presented by President Joe Biden is being strongly criticized from various sectors. Many warn that behind its implementation lie many objectives sought by the radical left, such as a push for unions’ insertion into industry and new “labor protections” that will work against sustainable economic development.
Among the critics of the infrastructure plan is Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn, who sharply condemned Joe Biden’s $2 trillion-plus plan, noting how little of the budget is being spent on infrastructure while warning that its implementation is a “Trojan horse for the radical left.”
“Not even six percent of President Joe Biden’s massive $2 trillion ‘infrastructure’ bill would be used to build roads and bridges,” Blackburn asserted in a statement.
She further warned that “Biden’s plan includes the largest tax hike in nearly three decades, but of course, coastal elites will have their taxes slashed. It will strip Americans of their right to work by forcing them to join Democrat-backed unions. This ‘infrastructure’ plan is another Trojan horse for the radical left.”
As part of the infrastructure plan, Biden urged Congress to pass the PROTECT the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in an apparent show of support for leftist unions. The PRO Act is a compilation of several policy changes that support unions, which would make it easier for unions to organize private-sector employees and minimize employee choice in unionization.
The curious thing is that the measures that would be implemented with the PRO Act do not favor workers but rather the union bureaucracy. It would eliminate the ability of workers to vote against unionization through secret ballot elections. It also threatens the power of the workforce to expel a union. It rewrites the legal definition of independent contractors and forces non-union workers to pay union dues.
Even in a White House press release, it was openly announced that Biden’s bill incorporates measures that make it easier for workers to supposedly “organize” and harder for them to avoid unionization. While arguing that workers will be able to bargain collectively with their employers on labor and wage agreements, the reality shows that the bill will only develop tools to empower unions sympathetic to the Democratic administration and the more radical left.
The House of Representatives passed the legislation along party lines in March. Still, it is expected to face hurdles in the Senate where Republicans, critics of the bill, claimed that the legislation would only work to comply with union leaders’ wishes.