“Organized Labor has a long history with extortion and the mob. Federal prosecutors have put most of those mob bosses behind bars, but unions haven’t renounced using blackmail to get what they want. They simply use more sophisticated methods to do the same thing,” writes James Sherk at the Heritage Foundation.
The new tactic can be called “greenmail,” blackmail with an environmental hue.
Sherk continues: “Take the way unions exploit environmental concerns through Project Labor Agreements [PLAs]. Under PLAs, businesses promise to hire only union members — or else. Why would businesses sign such agreements? Because unions threaten to use environmental regulations to shut them down unless they sign the PLA.”