Protecting the Private Ballot in Minnesota

By July 7, 2008Labor Unions

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace — of which the NAM is an active member — has begun running ads in Minnesota comparing and contrasting the positions of the two U.S. Senate candidates on the grotesquely misnamed Employee Free Choice Act, the legislation that would eliminate the secret ballot in the workplace. The incumbent Republican, Sen. Norm Coleman, has voted against the “card check” legislation (Coleman news release), while organized labor’s candidate, the Democratic challenger Al Franken, is an active supporter of the measure. 

From the news release announcing the ads:

“Minnesotans need to know that workers could effectively lose their right to cast a private ballot in a union election. The next U.S. Senate will have to make a decision about the anti-worker Employee Free Choice Act,” said Brian Worth with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. “We will continue to provide information to Minnesotans about where the candidates stand on this issue, which affects all workers,” added Worth.

“Minnesotans need to know that workers could effectively lose their right to cast a private ballot in a union election. The next U.S. Senate will have to make a decision about the anti-worker Employee Free Choice Act,” said Brian Worth with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. “We will continue to provide information to Minnesotans about where the candidates stand on this issue, which affects all workers,” added Worth. In addition to informing all Minnesotans, the ad will ask candidates to support the right to private ballots. Candidates in Minnesota do not need to give in to union pressure. Recent polling in Minnesota conducted by CDW found that voters in Minnesota would be less likely to vote for a candidate for U.S. Senate who supports legislation to replace a federally supervised secret and private ballot system with a card check shortcut. A plurality of voters would be less likely to vote for Al Franken (41%) if he supports this legislation. Clearly, supporting legislation to replace secret ballots with a card check system will have negative consequences for potential Senate candidates.

You can watch the advertisement here, featuring our favorite spokesman, the guy from the Sopranos.  And there’s more information on the Minnesota survey of voters mentioned in the news release.

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