Card Check: Senate HELP Committee Hearing Under Way

By March 10, 2009Labor Unions

The Senate Help Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the Employee Free Choice Act is being videocast here. The unions have stacked the hearing room, applauding and cheering. Proponents of destroying the secret ballot in the workplace have so far declared class warfare.

Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT) decries the long hours that Americans work — the longest in the industrialized world — and argues the Employee Free Choice Act will allow husbands to spend more time with wives.

Sen. Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA), referring to St. Augustine, says without passage of the legislation, “we will be a country of a great band of robbers.”

Meanwhile, David Freddoso also notes that Sen. Claire McCaskill got the basic facts of decertification wrong when she appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

Labor lawyer Eugene Scalia calls me this morning to explain the problem with Sen. Claire McCaskill’s remarks on the Employee Free Choice Act over the weekend. As others had noted, she remarked that “There is no secret ballot to get rid of a union. But there is a requirement of that for people to be able to organize. And to me that seems unfair. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
Not true, Scalia explained. “The standard process for decertifying a union is a secret-ballot election,” he said. Moreover, “the bill would not change the decertification process at all.”
Setting aside the fact that she was wrong on the law, McCaskill’s logic is suggesting the creation of more wrongs in order to fix one perceived wrong. “The secret-ballot election is about the most important identifiable guarantee to be able to vote without intimidation . . . Is she suggesting that because there is no election in one process, we need to remedy the problem by eliminating elections in another process?”

We commented on Senator McCaskill’s argument on Sunday, and have since wondered why the mainstream media just ignored the misstatements. Normally the Sunday talk shows get pored over, critically.

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