Card Check: The Safety of a Secret Ballot

By March 19, 2007Labor Unions

From the Houston Chronicle, the Assisted Living Federation of America weighs in against card check.

WE’LL call her Rose. She is the typical direct-care worker in an assisted living community. She might be a nurse, home health aide or care manager. She helps our aging mothers and fathers and aunts and uncles who can no longer live safely at home or eat, dress, bathe and take their medication.

For months, her co-worker and friend, Robert, has been pressuring Rose to sign a union authorization card to bring a union into their workplace. Rose isn’t sure she wants to be represented by a union. But Robert is persistent. He tells her that signing the card means nothing because there will be an election. Eventually, she relents to appease her friend and keep peace at work. Ultimately, she knows, she will get to make her own decision in a secret ballot election.

If organized labor gets its way, hundreds of thousands of workers like Rose will lose their right to vote and be coerced into union membership against their wishes.

So it’s not only manufacturers who are concerned about the union power grab represented by H.R. 800, the dishonestly named Employee Free Choice Act.

And, you know, come to think of it, with all the posting done here about the card-check legislation, we realize we’ve never linked to an actual card.

Therefore, for educational purposes only, here is a sample card from the Teamsters.

The card’s text is in the extended entry below.


REPRESENTATION AUTHORIZATION AND REQUEST FOR AN
EMPLOYEE ELECTION UNDER THE RAILWAY LABOR ACT

I AM AN EMPLOYEE OF EMPL. NO.
(Company)

CLASSIFIED AS A
(Please Be Specific)

FULL/PT HOURS HIRE DATE STATION

SHIFT/HOURS/DAYS

(e.g. 9:00am – 5:00pm, M-F)
HOME ADDRESS
(Please Print) Street

CITY STATE ZIPCODE

I authorize the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to request the National Mediation Board to conduct an investigation and a representation election and/or to represent me for all purposes under the Railway Labor Act with regard
to: (1) collective bargaining over rules, rates of pay and working conditions; (2) grievance handling; and (3) protection of my rights under Section 2, Third and Fourth of the Act.

HOME PHONE E-MAIL

SIGNATURE CELL NO.

PRINT FULL NAME DATE
(Please Print First/Middle/Last)

THIS CARD IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL