1/31/11

Secret Ballots To Protect Union Workers

Act of Congress needed to codify democratic standard

Why the Secret Ballot Protection Act?

For the last five years, unions have spent hundreds of millions of dollars, taken from their members’ dues, to pass a bill that effectively eliminates employees’ right to a secret-ballot election on the question of unionization. Through the delusionally-dubbed Employee Free Choice Act’s ’card check’ provision, unions have sought to mandate that employees would automatically become unionized once a union secured 50% + 1 of employees’ signatures on authorization cards (or other form). However, after the Employee Free ANTI Choice Act passed the House in 2007 (it was later stalled in the Senate), more people began to take notice of the union threat to their right to choose (or not choose) unionization in the workplace.

The Secret Ballot Protection Act Ends Labor-Management Collusion

Although card check has always been legal, the denial of employees’ right to vote on unionization has been (and remains) subject to an employer’s cooperation with a union over the issue. While some employers willingly agree to card check (usually after a union conducts a sometimes-job killingcorporate campaign“), most employers (if they have to deal with a union) would rather have employees choose by secret-ballot, as opposed to signatures garnered through union pressure tactics.

Leading the charge. With the threat of card check ever present in Washington, voters in four states (AZ, SC, SD and Utah) took it upon themselves to vote to preserve the right to a secret ballot by passing measures in November. However, on January 14th, the NLRB, citing that the federal law trumps the states in this matter, threatened to sue the four states in federal court if they acted to enforce their voter-approved laws protecting the secret ballot. This has led the states to vow to fight the federal agency in order to protect their states’ constitutions.

While the card check issue was being played out at the state level, the NLRB’s Dana decision also brought card check to the forefront in early December. The NLRB’s decision in Dana affirmed the right of unscrupulous unions and companies to sell out employees’ rights by engaging in pre-recognitionalbargaining even before a union is certified as the employees’ agent, in exchange for the employer handing employees over to the union via card check. This legitimizes labor-management collusion through what are known as sweetheart unions—which are good for the unscrupulous unions and companies, but bad for employees.

The Secret Ballot Protection Act: A Beginning…

With President Obama re-nominating recess-appointed SEIU activist attorney Craig Becker to the NLRB, as well as the NLRB’s General Counsel writing rules to give unions access to employees while stripping employers’ of their property rights, the Secret Ballot protection act is not an ends—it is only a beginning. In order to reign in the terror that is being unleashed on job-creating companies and their employees, much more will have to be done in the future ( and, likely, through the new Congress).

As a starting point, though, the Secret Ballot Protection Act will go a long way to ensure that Americans cannot get hoodwinked into unionization through card check.

(from biggovernment.com)

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