Card Check: The Latest

By April 25, 2007General

A roundup of a few developments on the deaconly named Employee Free Choice Act:

  • In Hawaii, state legislators are attempting to push through their own version of the federal card-check legislation, H.B. 760, eliminating such pesky things as employee votes via secret-ballot elections when determining whether a workplace should be unionized. State Rep. Colleen Meyer takes great exception in this Star-Bulletin op-ed, asserting Hawaii’s status as the most-unionized state in the country relates to its status as a high-tax, high cost-of-living state. And again, she asks the basic question:
    The right to a secret ballot is a cornerstone of our democracy. Do we want to establish the dangerous precedent that secret elections are something that politicians have the power to take away from us if they can muster enough votes, rather than being an inalienable right that may not be infringed?

  • Doug Bandow at The American Spectator examines labor’s preference for “group pressures” over individual decision-making in the column, Secret Ballots for Me But Not for Thee.
  • Lots of good stuff at, the blog of the Center for Union Facts, including accounts of union deceit and employee intimidation, belying the claims that card-check campaigns are meer democratic expressions of sweetness and light. We especially like this post, which documents how unions are refusing to let their own employees organize through card-check campaigns.
  • Finally, Seth Borden of The Union-Free Employer blog reports on a visit to Capitol Hill, with the good news that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not rely on President Bush’s promise of a veto to block the card-check legislation. Think filibuster.

    Seth also lays out the long-term stakes at play, high stakes, indeed:

    Everyone in Washington who is opposed to the EFCA appears very concerned about the bill’s prospects in the 111th Congress with a new occupant in the White House. The Senate staffer and the various lobbyists we met all stressed the importance of continued education and discussion about the EFCA and its dangers, and continued vocal opposition by interested employers heading into the 2008 election cycle. “[This] issue will continue to be a problem and must not be taken lightly,” Sen. McConnell proclaimed. “[I]t has the ability to resurface after the 2008 elections should it be defeated.”