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?
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