Card Check: Unions Already Winning More Elections

By June 6, 2007Labor Unions

Labor’s case for the imposturously named Employee Free Choice Act rests on the proposition that the system is stacked against the unions, that they just don’t have a fair shot at winning employee elections, even ones conducted via secret ballots. That’s why they need to eliminate the elections all together.

A Minnesota labor site, “Workday Minnesota” supplies a typical combination of baseless assertion and flat-out falsehood.

In recent years, it has become more and more difficult for workers to exercise their right to join a union. In 2005, more than 30,000 workers were fired or illegally penalized for attempting to organize.

Shameless. That 30,000 figure has been refuted time and again (here and here, for example.) The truth is that 31,358 employees were awarded back pay in 2006 from the National Labor Relations Board. Of those, 25,620 were the result of informal settlement agreements where no finding of coercion exists at all. Furthermore, the unions provide no evidence that any of these cases involved retaliation for union organizing.

So that’s one bit of dishonesty disproved — again. And now a new set of official NLRB figures shows that unions win most of the certification elections they’re involved in — and their record of success is getting better! As the subscription only BNA online news service reports, the union win rate has improved for the 10th consecutive year.

The union win rate …increased slightly to 61.5 percent in 2006, from 61.4 percent in 2005. Unions have won more than half of all representation elections in each of the past 10 years.

So unions are winning more and more secret-ballot elections, in fact a decade of ever-increasing success, and they’re still not satisfied? Do they want to win them all?

Well, yes, of course they do — wishes of the employees be damned. In any case, the unions can no longer honestly argue that employers are making it more and more difficult for them to win organizing elections. And those who continue to make that claim are just not telling the truth.

(Thanks to Bret Jacobson at the Center for Union Facts for alerting us to these figures. He has more analysis here.)

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