Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Big Unions Support SOPA

It should come as no surprise that many corporations, especially in the entertainment industry, are supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), considering they would most benefit from it. What may come as a shock is that many unions also support it—unions including AFL-CIO, the Teamsters Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. (Not surprisingly, these unions rank as some of the top all-time political donors!)

AFL-CIO official Paul Almeida advocated for SOPA during a House judiciary committee meeting in October, while officials from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the American Federation of Labor wrote to lawmakers defending the bill. In all of these cases, the unions claim that SOPA would help create and protect jobs otherwise lost to online piracy. (Big shock: IT WON'T!)

So can we all now stop pretending that unions are these noble defenders of the working middle class? Can we all stop with the false dichotomy of “Unions Good/Corporations Bad”? Because it’s clear from their support of internet censorship that they’re not! Unions are like the human appendix: during an earlier time in our evolution, they may have provided an important function, but now, they pose a dangerous risk.