Card Check: We’ve Dropped the Ball

By March 5, 2008Labor Unions

We haven’t written much about the card-check issue since the Senate stopped H.R. 800, the Employee Free Choice Act, last June by failing to invoke cloture. The bill was dead, no reason to keep restating how undemocratic it was, how much abuse employees would face if they were robbed of their right to a secret ballot in the workplace.

But since then, organized labor has been tireless in promoting — and misrepresenting — the Employee Free Choice Act, making it a matter of faith on the political left. Just one example: In Minnesota, the Minnesota Machinists Union endorses Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken, proclaiming, “Al will carry our voice to Washington and not only vote for the Employee Free Choice Act he will proudly co-sponsor it.”

That’s no surprise, but neither should the unions and candidates simply get a free ride on the issue, claiming card check would “protect the rights of the 60 million people” who supposedly want to join a union. If by “protect” you mean open up to flagrant intimidation by union organizers, sure.

Anyway, we promise renewed attention. And to fire up the effort, an observation from the former top man at GE, Jack Welch, talking to Larry Kudlow on CNBC.

And I think people, the market, is usually ahead of things, are seeing some of these crazy proposals that are out there from these people. We’d be the only country in the developed world that’s raising taxes, not lowering taxes. And there’s a whole series of programs here. And Larry, we haven’t even talked about yet, the first thing they’ll do is pass that damn [Employee] Free Choice Act. And if you want to see jobs escape, in a country where [American workers] don’t have a secret ballot for voting, you’ll see it happen here.

Earlier posts on card check are here.

UPDATE (9:10 a.m. Thursday): So Franken will sponsor the Employee Free Choice Act. How about protecting employees by paying for his employees’ workers comp coverage?

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