Activated Reservists Lose the Right to Vote….

By August 22, 2005Labor Unions

…in union elections, that is…

Thanks to Sam Wright for this nugget, first posted in Law Review #179 on the Reserve Officers Assocation website. Sam tells of a union election, a small unit in Pennsylvania, only 14 employees eligible to vote. Two of the 14 were reservists called to active duty. The employer told the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) representative of these two, only to be told that the NLRB didn’t do absentee ballots. At the end of the day, 6 employees voted for the union, 5 voted against and the validity of one ballot has been challenged, so it might take a while to sort this one out. But what amazes us is that in this world of technology, and in this world of terrorism, where our soldiers are sent around the globe to protect us and advance the causes of democracy, the NLRB’s official position is, “We don’t do absentee ballots.” It’s not like these folks are off golfing, for cryin’ out loud.

The National Mediation Board, the federal agency that conducts union elections in the railroad and airline industries, conducts all its elections by mail. It would seem to us that in the year of our Lord 2005, the NLRB ought to figure out a way to allow those defending our freedoms to participate in the democratic process.

Here’s the link to Sam Wright’s article.