Card Check: A Missed Opportunity at the Presidential Debate

By October 8, 2008General

In last night’s McCain-Obama debate (transcript), the word “union” did, in fact, come up. As in…

  • National Taxpayers Union (McCain)
  • African Union troops in Darfur (Obama)
  • Soviet Union (Brokaw, McCain, Obama)

But labor union? Not mentioned once. No discussion whatsoever of organized labor’s No. 1 priority, the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act that would eliminate secret-ballot elections in the workplace.

If the cycle of presidential/vice presidential debates goes by without any discussion of the dishonestly titled Employee Free Choice Act, the moderators will have not done their job.

The “card check” legislation would radically restructure the workplace by giving organized labor the power to unionize workplaces with little restraint, thanks to their new ability to intimidate, threaten and pressure employees into signing representation cards. Instead of requiring secret-ballot, federally supervised elections, unions would be recognized once 50 percent plus one signatures were collected on the cards in a public process.

NAM President John Engler mentioned the issue in a WJR radio interview Monday morning with Paul W. Smith, saying there were “stark differences” between the two presidential candidates.

The whole debate under the covers in the presidential race is this business of eliminating secret ballots for workers and organizing unions. President Obama would be anxious to sign such legislation, and I think that would be catastrophic for manufacturing in America.

UPDATE: (2:20 p.m.): More from EFCA Updates, “EFCA is AWOL at Second Presidential Debate.”

If, as Senator Obama and the pro-EFCA lobby truly believe it is the answer to reviving the middle class, how is it that it was not mentioned once as a legislative priority?  On the other side of the stage, how did Senator McCain decline to raise the wildly unpopular bill and note the numerous concerns American industry has about its effects on remaining competitive?

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