Some of the largest and most influential trade unions in the country are calling out Democrats for boosting guest worker programs and open borders policies.
North America’s Building Trades Unions—an umbrella organization representing three million workers and 15 major unions, including the Laborers and Teamsters—sent outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.) a letter Thursday accusing her of selling out workers by importing foreigners to work for “Close to Slavery” wages. Mikulski pushed for increasing the number of temporary H2B visas that allow companies to bring guest workers to the United States to fill seasonal jobs.
“We wanted to express to you our extreme disappointment over your efforts to leverage the power and trust that the people of Maryland have placed in you as their representative to doggedly pursue language in the recently passed omnibus bill that will result in diminished job opportunities for hard working Americans,” the letter says. “Flooding a loose labor market such as the construction industry with additional low-skill labor hurts the wages and reduces the job prospects of both recent immigrants and native-born workers who are struggling the most. To be blunt, Senator, your actions will induce a race to the bottom on wages and benefits for U.S. workers.”
Mikulski did not respond to Washington Free Beacon request for comment.
The labor group said that the omnibus bill’s language would triple the number of visas issued and depress wages for blue-collar workers. It also accused Mikulski of attempting to “undermine” labor protections for American and foreign workers to benefit employers.