Former NLRB Members Say Reject Card Check

By June 25, 2007Labor Unions

A news release:

Bipartisan Group of Former NLRB Members Calls on Senate to Reject H.R. 800

— Group Calls Bill “Fundamentally Flawed”

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of six former members of the National Labor Relations Board today urged the U.S. Senate to reject H.R. 800, the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, calling the bill “fundamentally flawed.”

“We fully agree with the position consistently expressed by federal courts, and by virtually all experienced practitioners that authorization cards are inherently unreliable indicators of true employee choice. There simply is no more fair, accurate or democratic way to determine an individual’s free choice on any matter than through the use of the secret ballot election,” the group wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as Senators Edward Kennedy and Michael Enzi.

The letter was signed by Marshall B. Babson (appointed by Ronald Reagan), J. Robert Brame (appointed by Bill Clinton), Charles I. Cohen (appointed by Bill Clinton), Dennis M. Devaney (appointed by Ronald Reagan), Peter J. Hurtgen (appointed by Bill Clinton) and John N. Raudabaugh (appointed by George H.W. Bush). All were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Bipartisan, right? Compared to the facts represented in this report from Investor’s Business Daily.

“We’ve just begun this debate,” said Robert Borosage, co-director of the union-backed Campaign for America’s Future. “We started with unions not even in people’s consciousness . . . and now even the conservatives in the Democratic caucus are coming on board.”

For Big Labor, the “card check” bill is a top priority. They see it as crucial to reversing unions’ declining membership, which has taken a toll on its political clout as well. And that’s helped make it a top priority for Democratic leaders, too.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told a union rally: “Democrats are in control of Congress because of you.”

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