The recent survey on the Employee Free Choice Act conducted by the NAM’s affiliate in Lousiana has prompted some useful commentary in the state’s media about the “card check” legislation. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry found that the majority of Louisianans strongly preferred secret ballots as a method for forming a union, rather than being exposed to the union coercion that would result from the collection of signature cards. The Orwellian Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would effectively eliminate secret ballots, and the voters in Louisiana are telling their members of Congress that’s a bad approach.
In a column for the Lafourche Parish daily paper, LABI’s President Dan Juneau gives a bit of perspective of how this issue may shape voters’ decisions in November:
“Louisiana voters aren’t buying what Congress is selling. It might be well for our future congressional delegation — Democrats and Republicans alike — to take a close look at what Louisiana voters think.”
Meanwhile, there’s a great op-ed today from Baton Rouge, LA that responds to an error-laden defense of the card check bill, and sums up the impact of EFCA quite nicely:
“If the Employee Free Choice Act is passed, all of this will change for the worse.
First, employees will be subjected to intimidation by union workers. Mr. Day should recall the reason for the Labor Relations Act of 1935: union worker intimidation.
Second, employees will no longer have the time or full knowledge to make an informed and conscious decision.
Third, employees will no longer have the ability to have a private ballot, making his/her opinion public for not only the union organizers but also the employers.
Finally, a majority vote would not be needed for employees to become unionized. Union workers would only need 50 percent of employees to sign the authorization cards. Once 50 percent of authorization cards were signed, employees would be represented by a union, even if the other 50 percent of employees opposed being unionized.”
The author, who is a department store employee, realizes that this legislation isn’t designed to help workers, but rather is a tool sought by union organizers.