From The Washington Times:
Uncle Sam wants you! To be protected by a union, that is, if you work overseas.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) this summer posted a little-noticed grant inviting all eligible organizations worldwide to apply for a program to promote labor unions around the world.
USAID will provide $37.5 million to help the grant recipient “promote workers’ representation in policy processes; improve access to justice; advance the effective worldwide application of core international labor standards; and improve the welfare and livelihood opportunities of workers and their families and communities.”
The Global Labor Program, according to the grant description, would demonstrate “medium-term results” with “long-term impact.”
But the agency said it estimates the government will provide a total of roughly $70 million for the program. “This will include the stated estimated ceiling of $37.5 million for a Leader award, and additional ceiling of $32.5 million to cover any future buy-ins or associate awards,” according to a question-and-answer sheet attached to the grant notice.
Sen. James Lankford, Oklahoma Republican, labeled the grant as wasteful in his “Federal Fumbles” report. The U.S. government should not be using tax dollars to push a labor agenda overseas, he argues.
“Every individual is free to promote the ideas and values in which he or she believes, but it is far from the federal government’s responsibility to spend millions of dollars to build the capacity of labor unions in other countries,” Mr. Lankford wrote. “This is a job better left to international labor organizations.”