Card Check: Foreign Unions Cheer Attack Against Secret Ballots

By January 15, 2009Labor Unions

The AFL-CIO thinks the support of foreign labor unions for the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act is an argument in its favor! From the AFL-CIO blog, Wednesday, “Global Unions Will Help Push Employee Free Choice“:

Yesterday at the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., union leaders from 45 different countries met with AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and representatives of U.S. union organizations to discuss the union movement in the United States and the need to work together to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. It’s an exciting chance for global cooperation in the fight to preserve workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life.

Union leaders, representing countries from across the world—Australia, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Ghana, Sweden and Indonesia, just to name a few—took part in a discussion of the critical issues facing America’s workers.

The internal monologue of the foreign delegates: It’s an exciting chance to give our workers an edge by making the U.S. economy less competitive.

We’re not surprised that some of these countries, where the relationship to a secret ballot is less than robust, would sign on to the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act. Still, it’s strange that the AFL-CIO would think Argentina or Italy or Ghana’s labor model is one the United States should emulate.

(The photo is of the French part of a new sculpture by Czech artist David Cerny, a multi-element construction in Brussels, commemorating the Czech Republic’s six-month stint as head of the European Union. Many EU bureaucrats are offended, as are leaders of some of the countries mocked. The Bulgarians have every right to be offended, but otherwise, it’s harmless enough — and funny. The photo comes from Spiegel Online and its photo gallery, really an excellent series of slide shows. And the word “Greve” means “strike” in French.)

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