Congressional Dems’ Play on Words: Offer Unions a “Better Deal”

Congressional Democrats recently unveiled their “better deal” economic plan seeking to enhance protections for unions and their members. The “better deal” is the Democrat talking points for the mid-term elections during the fall of 2018. “Should we get the majority, this will be at the top of our list in early January 2019” said Senator Schumer.

First, the “better deal” seeks to ban state right to work laws. That should be enough for every business owner to vote Republican next year.

Second, it proposes mandatory mediation to ensure businesses and newly formed unions reach a first contract and a ban on “coercive captive audience meetings” – union lingo for employer-sponsored information sessions where companies educate workers about all facets of being in a union.

The release of the “better deal” comes shortly after the powerful AFL-CIO put politicians on notice that the AFL-CIO’s support will not be won without an agenda that includes a focus on workers’ rights. The AFL-CIO said in its constitutional convention that unions will not support politicians – no matter their party – if they don’t plan legislation that works in favor of workers.

Matt Austin owns Austin Legal, LLC, a boutique law firm based in Ohio that limits its representation to employers dealing with labor, employment, and OSHA matters. You can reach Matt by calling him at (614) 843-3041 or emailing him at