7/30/08

Judge smacks down Dems' card-check ad gripe

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Throwing union democracy, free speech under the bus

Today the Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings for the state of Minnesota dismissed the complaint filed by the DFL Party against the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) and other parties. The complaint asserted it was false to say that Al Franken supported a federal bill that would permit labor unions to force themselves on workers without a secret ballot. The judge dismissed the complaint without even waiting for an answer, ruling that the DFL complaint failed to allege any specific reason why the statements at issue are factually false.

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"We are pleased that the judge saw through the DFL's desperate political stunt aimed at preventing us from educating Minnesotans about the threat to private ballots in the workplace," said Brian Worth, vice president of the Independent Electrical Contractors of America and member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. "Our education campaign is working and their failed attempt to not let the facts get in the way of a good story won't miraculously change the realities of the mis-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)."

The DFL has consistently rejected the facts about how EFCA will effectively end the right of workers to cast their vote in private when deciding whether to join a union.

Under EFCA, the NLRB must recognize the union without an election if a majority of workers sign an authorization card identifying who they are. Once the 50% threshold has been crossed, the statute is unequivocal in its command: "the [NLRB] shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or organization as the labor representative." (Emphasis added.)

According to a recent poll conducted by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), 72% of Minnesota voters prefer secret ballot elections over a card check process when deciding whether or not to join a union. The same poll found that 65% of Minnesota voters were opposed to the Employee Free Choice Act.
A copy of the Order of Dismissal is: here.

About the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is made up of more than 500 associations and organizations from every state across the nation that have joined together to protect a worker's right to a private ballot when deciding whether to join a union. For more information and a listing of our membership, please visit www.MyPrivateBallot.com.

(marketwatch.com)

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