Card Check: The Postcard ‘Alternative’ is a Ploy, a Feint, a Ruse

By June 10, 2009Labor Unions

Brian Worth of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace has a letter in The Oregonian newspaper, responding to a columnist who suggested “postcard check” is a legitimate alternative to card check and could possibly be included in a Congressional “compromise” on the spuriously named Employee Free Choice Act.

The column by Jeff Mapes reported that Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), elected in November with heavy union backing, had issued a news release decrying the criticism of the mail-in card, comparing the process to the Oregon’s all vote-by-mail elections.

Worth responds (scroll down):

Postcard check’ scheme
There is no comparison between Oregon early voting and congressional efforts to find alternatives to the wildly unpopular card check scheme (“Mail voting proposed in union ‘card check’ fight,” June 4).

The most important distinction is that there’s no ballot involved in the mail-in
card proposal. It merely substitutes the discredited card check ruse with a “postcard check” — a new and equally flawed variation. The postcard check proposal increases the power of the professional union organizer, eviscerates secret ballot elections and further weakens workers’ privacy rights.

Like regular card check, mail-in cards do not provide the guaranteed security and privacy of a voting booth, thus inviting fraud, intimidation and coercion with more visits to workers’ homes by union organizers.

This latest attempt to fix what is wrong with the Employee Free Choice Act opens the door to abuse through ACORN-style campaigning that is prone to fraud and increases the possibility of worker intimidation and coercion. As National Labor Relations Board career staff noted, mail-in cards increase the “potential for interference by any party.”

You can’t fix card check by simply adding postage and this alternative further expands the attack on worker privacy from the workplace to the home.

The National Association of Manufacturers is a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and glad of it.

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