The Politico today lays out the Presidential candidates’ positions on the several major economic issues. Politico describes the misleadingly named Employee Free Choice Act (or ‘card check’ bill) as a bill that “would make union organizing easier.” Unfortunately this legislation will make the organizing process much more difficult for workers.
This bill eliminates secret ballots for union elections exposing workers to coercion and intimidation, effectively depriving them of free choice. It should more properly be called the Employee No Choice Act.
The current process for determining if employees want a union is a federally supervised private ballot election. A majority of these elections result in the certification of a union.
Union bosses, however, find private ballot elections to be an impediment to unionization. They demand the card check process in which employees are forced to cast their vote in front of union organizers and fellow employees who support unionization, sacrificing their secret ballot rights.
Will the card check bill make union organizing easier for union bosses? Definitely, but it would also destroy one of the most fundamental rights of American citizens – the right to a secret ballot.