It’s funny–and illustrative–that Democrats in the U.S. have always ached for the liberalism of our northern neighbor, which is one reason why I’ve been warning on these pages that health care reform, Demo-style, is nothing but a Trojan Horse for socialized medicine a la Canada.
However, on one crucial issue, our U.S. liberals are not watching northern affairs closely enough. Canada once had card-check union authorization on the books in all ten of its provinces. After disastrous results, the law has been rescinded in six provinces, including Saskatchewan, birthplace of and home to Canada’s communist party, and the most liberal province of all.
Jason Clemens explains this more fully in his article on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
Meanwhile, the EFCA, as estimated by the Heritage Foundation, could end up unionizing more than 4 million small businesses since the exemption for small businesses has not been increased since 1959 and stands at gross receipts of $50,000 a year. There are very few small businesses today that could survive on that meager amount of revenue.
The AFL-CIO’s Stewart Acuff denies unions will be targeting small businesses, but what’s to stop any group of employees from unionizing once they see how easy it is?