Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, dropped by today to receive well-deserved recognition, the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, presented for his strong support for policies that encourage the nation’s manufacturing economy and employees. The Senator recorded a 100 percent NAM voting record in the 109th Congress.
Senator McConnell also gave a good pep talk to those who are fighting the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act (S. 1041 and H.R. 800). This misnamed legislation would deprive employees of their right to a secret ballot in voting whether to join a union or not, opening them up to coercion by labor bosses interested solely in increasing their dues-paying membership.
The Senator stressed the obvious: If people know what the legislation actually does, they strenuously oppose it. A full 90 percent of the public — and 75 percent of union members — in a recent survey oppose the elimination of secret ballots. Supporters of the bill thought they could move it this Congress as a niche, pro-labor piece of legislation, but voting for it should really bring negative political consequences, Senator McConnell argued.
Senator McConnell also stopped by for an interview with Mike Hambrick, host of “America’s Business,” and we’ll have the conversation on this weekend’s show.
UPDATE (1:50 p.m.): From the NAM’s news release:
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2, 2007 – Speaking before members of the National Association of Manufacturers today, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) outlined his vocal support of workplace rights and urged defeat of the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
“The right of all Americans to cast their vote by private ballot is deeply rooted in the democratic tradition of our nation,” Senator McConnell said to NAM members during an issue briefing on EFCA. “Though some have tried to dilute this principle, it falls to the U.S. Senate to ensure this basic right is protected. We will not allow the progress already made on behalf of U.S. workers to be undone, nor will we allow coercion by employers or unions.”
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