1/29/12

Progs Stall Overdue Labor Reform

Freeing workers from outdated union thugs
What the Employee Rights Act would do is entirely sensible. The most striking of its seven reforms would force unions to face a “recertification” election every three years, allowing workers to decide if they want to stick with their current union. Hatch says that “less than 10 percent” of union members today have ever voted on whether to have or keep a union. Another part of the measure would prevent union leaders from “intimidating or coercing employees from exercising their rights, including the right to decertify the union.”

That’s strong medicine. The rest of the ERA would guarantee secret ballot elections, give members the right to refuse to back their union’s political operations, require at least 40 days to hear both sides before voting to certify or decertify a union, require a secret ballot vote before a strike, and make it a crime for unions to use violence or threats to coerce members.

Notice the emphasis of all seven provisions. It’s on the individual rights of employees, not on economic concerns. Right-To-Work laws let workers decline to join a union, but they are usually promoted as a tool for attracting business to a state and increasing jobs. By the way, 108 economists have endorsed the act.

Berman hired the Opinion Re-search Corporation to survey union and nonunion households to gauge the ERA’s popularity. Only the secret ballot requirement drew less than 80 percent support. It was backed by 78 percent of both union and nonunion households.
(full story at weeklystandard.com)

High Crimes, Misdemeanors

Lawless Obama WH, Department of Social Justice earn scrutiny

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Labor Suppression, Harry Hopkins, Axis of Evil

On this day: January 29
U.S. President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute (1834)

In his State of the Union Address, U.S. President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea (2002)

President Barack Obama signs his first bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2009)

President Barack Obama stages a town hall meeting of unionists at the University of Tampa (2010)

b: Anton Chekhov (1860), John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874), Gerda Steinhoff (1922); d: Harry Hopkins (1946), H. L. Mencken (1956)


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