The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has wrapped up its hearing on the wrongly named Employee Free Choice Act. More details later, but for now, note the prepared testimony of the witnesses has been made available at the committee’s website here.
Senator Enzi, R-WY, the ranking member on the HELP Committee, could not attend the hearing today due to an illness in the family. His office did contribute a statement to The Hill’s blog.
There’s nothing “free” about taking away the right of an employee to make a private choice without fear and intimidation. The cost is the loss of majority rule, free speech, and the use of the private ballot box – important principles that should not be thrown away to satisfy special interest groups. No matter how this legislation is packaged, at its core, it simply takes away an individual’s right to vote. That is a dangerous road we shouldn’t travel.
Americans get a private ballot when they choose their President, their Congressmen, their local councilmen, even their PTA leaders – why should they not have the same right in the workplace when they decide whether they want a union to become their exclusive, legal representative in their workplace? Free, fair, and private elections are a fundamental principle of American democracy.
Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, just finished speaking to the Communications Workers of America.
I just came from the Senate hearing that was chaired by a great champion of American middle class and working families, Senator Ted Kennedy. We just had the hearing on the Employee Free Choice Act.
And, you know, the facts are indisputable. There’s no debate here. It’s just whether we can get the votes in the Senate to get it passed.
There’s no debate here….
There’s no debate.
UPDATE (4:15 p.m.): Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, says he will introduce the Secret Ballot Protection Act. From The Examiner: “This bill will guarantee that every American worker gets a secret ballot election,” he said.
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