11/18/08

Union secret-ballot news - Nov. 18

Bookmark Secret-Ballot News posts: herecard-check: hereEFCA: here

Stories-of-the-day concerning Organized Labor's #1 priority.






A choice too important for workers ... The problem is that there's no way to know whether or not the signature represents an informed choice to back a union. That signature could also have been garnered through intimidation or deception. Unlike an election, there's no privacy and no monitor to ensure that the whole thing is done fairly. Incidents of intimidation by union officers in card-check campaigns are legion: workers have been harassed by union officers, been visited at their homes by union officials without notice or invitation, and told they would be fired if they fail to sign. (mackinac.org)

Fat-cat unions cut Prez Bam no slack ...
Paul Booth, a top official of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, is quick to say that congressional leaders will decide when to move the bill. But he has his view: "Sooner the better. I'm quite anxious to have it come up." ... Barry Broad, a Teamsters lobbyist and attorney in Sacramento, believes the future of unions hangs in the balance. ... "Unions spoke with a nearly unanimous voice: This is their No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 priority in the next administration," said Broad, who believes quick passage is crucial. (chicagotribune.com)

Stern: Obama doesn't matter ... Obama is “going to have to decide if this is part of his economic program,” Stern said. “On the other hand, there are still two other branches of government, two other houses of decision making here, that can act on their own.” .. “I would not say this is a wedge issue,” said AFL-CIO legislative director Bill Samuel. “This is a basic issue of economic security and fairness.” (politico.com)

Fascistic pro-union agenda promised to Big Labor ... EFCA would require companies and newly certified unions to enter binding arbitration if they cannot reach agreement on an initial contract after 90 days of negotiations. Thus arbitrators would be empowered to impose the terms and conditions of employment for newly unionized workers. Neither companies nor employees could appeal the arbitrator's ruling regarding terms, and the contract would last for two years. (powerlineblog.com)

Organized Labor's big con job ... t looks like Big Labor's strategy for selling the EFCA can be summed up in one word: obfuscation. There's no mention in this ad of any of the provisions of Card Check--wiping out the secret ballot, allowing the federal government to dictate the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, and dramatically increasing the penalties on employers (but not unions) for inappropriate activities during organizing drives. (weeklystandard.com)

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