NASHVILLE (press release)—Labor unions desperate to boost their sagging national numbers are taking a hard look at recruiting illegals recently provided amnesty by President Barack Obama. The numbers most frequently quoted is four million newly legal immigrants entering the United States legally.
Unions consider the newbies as a prized pool of new union workers for their struggling movement. President Obama has handed them the keys to unionize them, according to Fox News. That would include the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, and United Food & Commercial Workers. They have already begun to reach out to immigrants covered by the president’s executive order.
This new union tactic includes training organizers who partner with community groups and churches. The internet is also a vital part of the recruitment process, Fox reports.
Tom Balanoff of SEIU, conveyed he hopes one effect of the president’s order is that “more workers will come forward and want to organize,” according to the Associated Press. Staunch supporters of the unions are saying that Obama’s executive order will spur immigrants to join unions in large numbers without fear of reprisal or deportation. That is if the order can pass through heavy congressional and legal scrutiny.
There are many critics of Obama’s unprecedented move. They argue the executive order violates the Constitution. It will ultimately hurt American workers by lowering wages forcing millions of existing Americans to battle for jobs with the millions of new job applicants.
Union membership and political their political influence has waned over the past few decades. Their share of American workers has shrank alarmingly. More states have moved to curtail the power and bargaining rights of public-sector unions with great success in states such as former union strongholds like Wisconsin and Ohio..