11/6/08

Class war justifies forced-labor unionism

Related video: "Employee Forced Choice Act"
More EFCA stories: here

'Instant unionization' without a secret ballot vote favored by collectivists

The election is over, and for the first time since 1994 working people have a chance to get long overdue reform of our labor laws. The Employee Free Choice Act can help restore some balance to labor relations.

Star columnist E. Thomas McClanahan (10/26) called the act a “disastrous power grab by unions.” Hardly; the last I checked, corporations seriously outclass labor in power.

For 30 years, corporations have expanded across the globe, imposed massive wage cuts, dumped pension and health care coverage, outsourced and downsized.

Today we work harder and longer, but corporations pocket all our increased productivity.

Income inequality is the highest since 1928, and this generation makes less than their parents.

We need unions to help bring back some security and balance for the working-class majority.

Without them, we have no effective way to get a raise. Unfortunately, workers have lost the right to organize. In 1935, Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act to encourage collective bargaining and protect workers’ right to select representatives of their own choosing through government-supervised elections.

Employers can’t vote, and they were barred from interfering. However, in recent years government has allowed them to use every dirty trick in the book to poison free elections, so that today only one in 12 private-sector workers is able to successfully exercise his or her rights.

When workers try to organize, employers often hire a union-busting consultant.

Their dirty tricks include captive audience meetings used to misinform workers.

Workers have no free speech in these meetings. Many supervisors of workplaces hold one-on-one “interviews” with workers. Half of manufacturing employers threaten to move or close.

Even worse, one-fourth of employers fire the ringleaders on the organizing committee.

Employers also stall elections, giving themselves more time to intimidate and abuse. By the time workers vote, they are so traumatized that democracy has become a farce.

The Employee Free Choice Act would fix some of this. It would give workers the choice to bypass this reign of terror, if a majority signs cards.

Related video: "Employee Forced Choice Act"


Then their union would be certified to bargain for them. Employers who break the law would face stiffer penalties. The act also stops employers from stalling negotiations.

More than half of U.S. workers — nearly 60 million — say they would join a union right now if they could. Let’s give them the chance. Tell Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

- Judy Ancel is director of The Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

(kansascity.com)

No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails