Card Check: Opposition Stands Firm

By June 20, 2007Labor Unions

The invective, bullying, misrepresentation and flat-out falsehoods practiced by “progressive” supporters of the propagandistically named Employee Free Choice Act have failed to move Senators who are standing strong on basic democratic principles, i.e., secret ballots.

Six Republican Senators today reaffirmed their opposition: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), John Ensign (R-NV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).


There is no more fundamental right in a democracy than the right to a secret ballot – whether it’s a vote for President or a vote to become a union. We don’t let Republican or Democratic Party bosses into the voting booth for elections, and we shouldn’t let managers or union bosses look over workers’ shoulders when they decide whether or not to unionize.


This legislation creates a situation of intimidation all for the sake of trying to save a movement that won’t save itself. Management must have the same rights as the workers and the workers must have the protection of the secret ballot.


A private ballot has been a cornerstone of our democratic process for more than 200 years, and for more than 60 years federal labor law has guaranteed workers the right to cast private ballots. This bill eliminates workers rights, will leave them vulnerable to intimidation, and it is just a terrible initiative – period.

Hang in there, Senator. Your constituents support you.

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