Card Check: Let’s Have the Campaign Debate

By March 10, 2008Labor Unions

It’s been about a year since we last linked to Kansas City Star columnist E. Tom McClanahan on the topic of the Employee Free Choice Act, that undemocratic legislation that would eliminate secret ballots in the workplace. Tom remains as pointed as ever:

The unions are also clamoring for passage of something they call the Employee Free Choice Act, a pernicious little bill with a grand Orwellian name.

Clinton and Obama are both for it, even though it would wipe out the secret ballot in elections that certify union bargaining units. That would allow union officials to pressure workers into creating bargaining units by signing “check cards” instead of voting privately. Some “free choice.”

The card-check bill would mean a lot more unionized workplaces, so let’s suggest a more honest name: An Act to Drive American Capital and Jobs Offshore.

OK, so you might choose to dismiss McClanahan as just another pro-liberty columnist pounding at the keyboard. Then take a look at this Right to Work Foundation video of Dana Corp. employees who resisted a card check campaign by the United Auto Workers.

Beverly Mulsof: Seemed what they were there for every day, just harassing us, outside the doors, wanting us to sign the cards.

Rita Murphy: And I think they thought just because we were a small town, that, you know, we were just a kind of country ….

Beverly Mulsof: Going to lay back and take it.

Candidates shouldn’t be able to get away with high-flown rhetoric about empowering workers when the Employee Free Choice Act would really just invite employee harassment and intimidation. Let’s get down to brass tacks and real experience. Make it a point of public debate.

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  • John Craychee says:

    This is an outrageous bill and should be fought every inch of the way. It benefits absolutely no one except the union organizations–not the workers–the union organization– who will benefit from a vast increase in dues.
    Here’s a thought–if it is fair and makes sense to allow unionization based on a card check (it isn’t and it doesn’t), then why wouldn’t it also be fair to allow union decertification based on a card check?

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