Behind the scenes, Native American tribes are working with lobbyists to find an exemption from the Forced Unionism Card Check bill. According to Roll Call, “tribes are working with Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) to craft an exemption for reservation employees, 90 percent of whom ‘are not Indian,'” former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell said. “It would make it very easy for unions to come on the reservation and unionize,” the former Senator said. “They think it’s the beginning of the end of sovereignty if unions can come on the reservation and dictate what you’re going to pay, who you’re going to hire.”
Tribes have the sovereignty argument to make to avoid the damage of the bill. Unfortunately, small business and workers can’t make similar arguments.