Card Check: Dribs, Drabs, but No Coercion

By March 22, 2007Labor Unions

A look at recent developments and speculation surrounding the card-check bill, labor-backed legislation that would eliminate secret ballots in the workplace, opening the door even wider for employee intimidation while unions attempt to organize a business.

EFCA Updates from Kilpatrick Stockton LLP points us to an informative post at the Daily Kos, the influential blog of hard-left activism. Laura Clawson, a post-doctoral fellow in sociology at Dartmouth, reports that several Democratic Senators are declining to cosponsor Senator Kennedy’s Senate version of H.R. 800, the speciously named Employee Free Choice Act. It’s not a good sign for Kennedy, who did not want to introduce his bill this year with any less than the 44 cosponsors he managed in 2005. (List here, all Democrats.)

And we see that the spirit of free and open debate is alive and well at the Daily Kos.

These anti-EFCA op-eds don’t deserve to be even given the credit of real discussion, but you can see examples here, here, and, from New Hampshire’s own right wing piece of crap, here.

In contrast to this arrogance, you’ll note that NAM’s weekly radio program, “America’s Business,” featured a two-part debate on the card check, featuring David Keene of the American Conservative Union and Jonathan Tasini of the Labor Research Association.

Elsewhere, Seth Borden at the Union-Free Employer blog has put together a nice primer on Senate consideration of the card-check bill. Seth’s blog is always a good place to turn to for card-check updates.

From Rochester, Minn., a local operator of a truck and equipment dealership gives lie to labor’s claims that it’s all about choice. Since it’s always worth restating the basic — but certainly not the only — issue, here’s Bradley Nuss, CFO of Nuss Truck Group, Inc.

The card-check itself is an open process, where employees are put under extreme peer pressure and subjected to threats and bullying by union organizers. There is no secret ballot here; there is no privacy. Instead it is a stressful, traumatic experience for employees not interested in joining the crusade.

There’s more, but for the moment, we leave you with the encouragement to contact your Senators, urging them to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. The NAM’s website provides an easy and effective way to have your message heard. Please click here to start.