Card Check: Employee Coercion & Intimidation Act

By June 6, 2007Labor Unions

In today’s The Hill, Danielle Ringwood of the Associated Builders and Contractors puts the lie to labor’s claims that the “card-check” legislation they’re pushing has anything to do with democracy or is necessary because the system is stacked again union organizers.

Organized labor has justified this sweeping change by using surveys and studies from within their own ranks to create the myth that employers and our nation’s labor laws are to blame for organized labor’s dwindling membership figures.

This is simply not the case. Here are the facts:

Secret-ballot elections happen swiftly under the current law. The average time for a federally supervised election is 39 days, and almost all elections take place within 56 days. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), employees are illegally fired in just over one percent of all organizing drives. In the rare instance when an employee is illegally fired, the NLRB has plenty of tools, including ordering that the union be recognized, to remedy the violation.

ABC is a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, as is the NAM. You’ll recognize us: We’re the ones who talk about what the legislation actually does — as in Ringwood’s column — and we’re no stranger to facts.

Elsewhere, in news about the beguilingly named Employee Free Choice Act, union activists in Rochester, Minn., picketed a meeting of the National Federation of Independent Business. Here’s a telling quote:

Russell Hess with the Southeast Central Labor Council says, “the employee doesn’t have a say on whether the employer joins the Chamber of Commerce or the N.F.I.B. We don’t feel the employer should have a say on how the worker joins a union or not.”

Aren’t even supposed to present the other side. So shut up, and let us get on with coercing your employees.

And, really…picketing an NFIB meeting? What’s next? Church socials?

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Eric says:

    and by protecting human dignity and freedom, you are of course refering to workers losing the ability to vote on unionization in privacy, as is current law, in favor of being forced to reveal their vote in front of a union organizer.

    Nope, no intimidation there. Everyone know unions have a long history of non-threatening law-abiding behavior, just ask Jimmy Hoffa.

  • Matt Gladue says:

    Actually, church basements don’t really need to be picketed. The religious community’s been organizing workers in church basements for years and years. Labor Priests and Presbyterian Ministers and the Jewish Labor Committee have had opened congregations up to organizers and workers since the early 20th Century, and their work has inspired a new generation. Every major religious tradition supports the right of workers to organize. We like a little social justice with our hot dish and lemon bars. And we’ll stand up with workers just about anyplace where employers are trying to make it harder for people to come together to protect their human dignity and human freedom.

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