Card Check: A Never-Ending Process

By March 18, 2007Labor Unions

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly A. Strassel wrote an insightful “Potomac Watch” column on the politics of card-check legislation earlier this month, and “America’s Business” host Mike Hambrick brought her on this weekend’s broadcast to hear more of her perspective. She makes an important point that deserves more attention.

One other thing that has been overlooked in this debate, too, and what card check means, is that it’s also an endless process. Right now, when you have a union election, there’s a series of events that happen that lead up to a secret-ballot vote. And at that point, everyone goes in and makes their decision in private, and you have a result. Under card check, the process is never-ending. They can take as much time as they want to keep pushing the next person into signing the card. And when they’re done with that one, they’ll turn all their attention to the next person and get them to sign the card. And there’s no set deadlines, and this is an endless process, and a lot of people do cave and fold under that kind of continuous pressure.

Imagine that workplace hell: continuous, day-after-day-after-day union organizing, becoming more aggressive and no doubt more coercive as the 50 percent plus one figure of signature cards gets closer.

The full transcript of Mike’s interview with the estimable Ms. Strassel is available here in .pdf format.