Card Check: Did You Vote Via Secret Ballot?

By November 4, 2008Labor Unions

From the D.C. Examiner, a column by the insightful student of card check claptrap, Bret Jacobson, “Today’s Voting Will Be by Secret Ballot. Will Tomorrow’s?

It’s cynical, even by political standards, for candidates to accept today’s private votes if they support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) — a one-bill union bailout for decades of corruption, ineptitude, and insulation from true competition.

Facing a decades-long decline in union membership, labor executives have crafted this law to strip working Americans of the right to cast a private ballot in workplace elections, as they decide whether to join a union. In place of an election, EFCA would impose a petition-like system already proven susceptible to coercion.

The next two items note an obvious inconsistency (and built-in union advantage), the failure of the Employee Free Choice Act to allow decertification by card check.

From the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, “The Employee Free Choice Act: The Unanswered Questions,” by Daniel V. Johns of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP.

In National Review Online, “A Mistake for Unions,” by Hans Moleman, a pseudonym:

And even if the Democratic sweep is big enough today to get EFCA passed as it stands, the loss in legitimacy for unions will be devastating.  Most Americans think of labor unions as legitimate voices for workers, even though few belong to unions. That level of legitimacy will be lost if the House of Labor becomes a kind of Roach Motel where workers can check in but they can’t check out.

The underlying problem is that unions have shrunk almost to the point of no return in the private sector.  Union leaders admit that they pursue EFCA because they cannot organize under the present regime of effective employer campaigns and interminable legal delays. It is an act of desperation.

 Desperation makes people do crazy things. Undemocratic things, too.


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