Chamber Stimulus


It seems the US Chamber of Congress is getting ready to do its part to keep recession at bay, looking to stimulate the economy with $10 billion in spending to ensure that American labor law remains a bad joke in which companies can break all kinds of laws and stifle union organizing with impunity:

The chamber deployed a network of operatives in a number of key Senate races this year and campaigned aggressively — on the air and on the ground — against the card-check legislation. It will be maintaining those operations, hoping to win over some senators and peel back others, in addition to running TV ads. Last week it released the first in a series of reports refuting what it calls union rhetoric.

In theory, Chamber types hate unions because unionization is bad for business. It’s difficult, however, to see why it is that a union would want to wreck the business model of a firm whose workers it represents. By contrast, it’s easy to see why a union would want to shift the relative balance of compensation enjoyed by top managers versus lower-level employees. And it’s easy to see why Chamber types would be virulently hostile to such a shifting of the balance. Not at all clear why normal people would want to join them in their hostility or treat as credible the view that returning to a higher state of unionization would wreck the economy.