“U.S. companies are pressuring their workers on how to lobby and vote”

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez for The Monkey Cage:

.S. businesses are cultivating a new political resource: their own workers. When Republicans wrote their tax bill late last year, many companies pushed their employees to support specific policy provisions and to let their lawmakers in Washington know. UPS, for instance, hostedemployee town halls with Republican politicians to advocate for the bill. Vice President  Pence even urged a group of CEOs to visit their companies’ cafeterias to get employees to help lobby for the bill.

Episodes like this one have become much more common across companies large and small in recent years. Why do businesses try to turn their employees into lobbyists? And does it work?…

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