Card Check: The Caricature vs. The Reality of Employers

By April 16, 2009Economy, Labor Unions

The script from a TV spot by American Rights at Work, “Greed,” ostensibly supporting the Employee Free Choice Act but really just trashing corporations:

“Greed” TV: 30


“It’s the Wall Street way of doing business.

Getting rich is everything. Reward yourself for failure.

Employees don’t matter.

Exploiting them is acceptable.

Don’t let workers get ahead.

That’s why they think they deserve bailouts and bonuses for bringing our economy down.

And then turn around and try to keep workers from joining unions to earn better wages and benefits.

Don’t let them get away with it.

Tell Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act now.

It’s time the economy worked for everyone again.”

The voice over is the usual voice of ominous attack. Now, compare this foaming “kill the rich” message with a first person account by an employer who opposes the Employee Free Choice Act. It’s an op-ed in today’s Washington Examiner by Brett McMahon, “Card Check could kill my company and yours“:

Our company has been operating for more than 60 years — six decades — to build the American dream. We have been named America’s top concrete construction firm in four of the last five years.
So take it seriously when I warn:  The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) could kill our company, or many like it.
EFCA, known by many as the “Card Check” bill is an absolute abomination. Its card check provision would allow union organizers to harass thousands of our company’s employees.
Its “binding interest arbitration” provision would substitute the judgment of a government-imposed bureaucrat for decades of practical know-how developed during the building of a successful company within the free enterprise system. That’s why the fight against EFCA is personal for me, my family, and thousands of our employees.
So what about it, American Rights at Work: Do you want to debate the issues or just demonize a caricature of American businessmen and women?

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