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8th January
2009
written by Sean Noble

Big Labor’s #1 Federal legislative priority is the “Employee Free Choice Act” which is anything but free choice.  Currently if workers want to organize, a union will collect signatures from the requisite number and then call an election to vote on whether to organize or not.  Those votes are like most votes in America – private.  Under the EFCA unions could merely get the requisite number of signatures (also known as “card check”) and viola! they are organized.

It doesn’t take more than 30 seconds of watching an auto factory picket line to realize the problem with big, burly “nice” union thugs representatives standing next to a worker saying, “you will sign this card.”  You notice, that wasn’t a question.

Clint Bolick, one of the brightest legal minds in the nation, wrote a great little piece about this issue for the Goldwater Institute.

“[W]e feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they might not otherwise choose.” So wrote Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and 15 colleagues in a 2001 letter to the Mexican government.

Why then is Miller sponsoring legislation now—the Orwellian-named “Employee Free Choice Act”—that would eliminate the secret ballot for authorizing union representation in this country?

Under the “card-check” system, a union is recognized if a certain percentage of employees sign cards designating a union. In contrast to the privacy of the secret ballot, a card-check system invites intimidation. That is why Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for Secretary of Labor, protested the lack of a secret ballot in leadership elections for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 2007. Yet, she too now backs the card-check system.

All of Arizona’s Congressional Democrats voted for this legislation last Congress.  Shame on them.

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