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  • Video: McConnell “proudly” announces his presidential votes

    10/14/2014 6:40:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Mary Katharine already covered the first part of this exchange and noted the second, but it’s worth revisiting for Mitch McConnell’s brief rebuttal. The Republican incumbent scoffs at Alison Grimes’ invocation of a sacred right to avoid answering an obvious question, and demonstrates it by announcing he “proudly” voted against Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections: Mitch McConnell Proudly Voted For Mitt Romney There’s also no sacred right to not announce how we vote. I voted for Mitt Romney, proudly. I voted for John McCain. And by the way, 116 out of 120 Kentucky counties agreed with my...
  • Union Vote In Chattanooga Shows Danger Of Card Check

    02/18/2014 4:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Labor: Union bosses have contended for some time that a secret ballot isn't needed to unionize a workplace. All that's needed, they said, was employees' signatures on cards. But Chattanooga proved them wrong. For months the United Auto Workers have said a majority of workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee had signed cards expressing their interest in unionizing. Why bother with a secret ballot when the workers had already spoken through the "card check" approval process? Before a much-anticipated and widely followed union-representation vote held last week, the AP reported that Gary Casteel, Tennessee-based regional director for the UAW,...
  • Now Euro MPs want a secret vote to block budget deal and defy the 27 leaders

    02/08/2013 10:38:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:38 EST, 8 February 2013 | James Chapman
    Euro MPs prompted uproar last night by plotting to try to block the budget deal using a secret ballot so voters cannot hold them to account. It emerged that they are planning to use a little-understood procedure to allow them to vote in private and defy the 27 EU leaders. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament and former leader of its socialist group, suggested a vote on the budget should be conducted in secret to allow MEPs to break away from prime ministers and party leaders and maximize the chances of it being rejected. A vote behind closed doors...
  • Virginia Moves to Make Card-Check Unconstitutional

    12/13/2012 3:37:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Virginia is moving towards making card-check—the controversial union proposal to replace secret-ballot elections with simple card-signing petitions—unconstitutional in the state. The effort is led by State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) who said that “no citizen” should be denied the ability to vote by secret ballot. …
  • Federal judge says no constitutional right to secret ballot in Boulder case

    09/22/2012 10:41:52 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 22 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 11:29:23 PM, Sep 21, 2012 | Tim Hoover
    Saying there is no fundamental right to a secret ballot, a federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by elections integrity activists that challenged whether counties can print ballots with identifying numbers that critics say can be traced back to individual voters easily. ... [Judge] Arguello said activists had not shown the plaintiffs had suffered or would suffer any specific injury that could be remedied by a federal court. She said that even if a ballot could be traced back to a specific voter, it doesn't show that a person's voting rights were violated, saying there was no "fundamental right"...
  • Federal Court Upholds 'Save Our Secret Ballot' (NLRB loses!)

    09/05/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT · by inkling · 24 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 5, 2012 | Lucy Caldwell
    Phoenix—In a strong rebuke to the Obama Administration Wednesday, federal district court Judge Frederick J. Martone ruled that the Secret Ballot Amendment, which protects workers’ right to secret ballot in union-organizing elections, is constitutional. Drafted by the Goldwater Institute in 2009, the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment was added in 2010 to state constitutions in Arizona, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah, by voter majorities ranging from 60 to 86 percent. The constitutional amendment was sought after President Obama and congressional Democrats attempted to end the use of secret ballots in union-organizing elections and force workers into a system called...
  • Brown vetoes card-check legislation for farmworkers

    06/29/2011 8:18:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/29/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have made it far easier for farmworkers to join labor unions, 36 years after making history in his first term by signing a law giving the low-wage employees the right to organize. Brown's veto disappointed and angered dozens of farmworkers who had camped outside his office late into the night Tuesday to try to pressure him into signing the measure. Democratic lawmakers joined supporters in the hallway as they awaited his decision, which came at 11 p.m. in the form of a press release to reporters. The governor refused to come...
  • EDITORIAL: Protect workers from union bosses--It's time to pass the Secret Ballot Protection Act

    01/17/2011 5:16:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2011 | Editorial
    Labor unions can't persuade Congress to destroy workplace voting rights, but their Obama-appointed lackeys at the National Labor Relations Board do their dirty work anyway. Twice in the past six weeks, the NLRB has sided with union bosses over ordinary workers, smothering the ideal of secret elections. On Friday, the NLRB threatened to sue four states whose voters recently passed referendums guaranteeing the right to secret-ballot elections for union organizing. The NLRB says the new laws in Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah would deny unions a second method of organizing allowed by federal law, namely by showing "majority...
  • U.S. Plans to Sue 4 States Over Laws Requiring Secret Ballots for Unionizing

    01/14/2011 6:58:22 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 50 replies
    NYT ^ | 01/14/2011 | Steven Greenhouse
    The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that it planned to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah in an effort to invalidate recently approved state constitutional amendments that prohibit private sector workers from choosing a union through a process known as card check. The labor board asserts that the amendments conflict with federal laws and are pre-empted by those laws. The state amendments were promoted by various conservative groups concerned that Congressional Democrats and President Obama would enact legislation allowing unions to insist on using card check, in which an employer recognizes a union as soon as...
  • Big Labor’s Stealth Card-Check Strategy (NLRB will "pass it" after election)

    09/07/2010 3:46:00 PM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/7/10 | Mix
    Having failed to pass the legislation they want, union bosses turn to the executive branch.After spending over a billion dollars to elect Barack Obama president and Democratic majorities to Congress in 2008, Big Labor thought it had bought enough support to ram through a “card check” bill that effectively eliminates secret-ballot votes for unionization and lets federal bureaucrats dictate contracts to employees and employers. But despite an intense, union-boss-backed lobbying campaign, attempts to pass card check stalled as elected officials felt the heat from voters, who are overwhelmingly against the bill. With a vote on the legislation unlikely between now...
  • Card Check By Fiat?

    03/26/2010 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 451+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Unions: Republican senators have warned the president not to appoint Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board while Congress is in recess. But he will — and American workers and consumers will be worse off for it. There's good reason to oppose Becker sitting on the NLRB, the five-member federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act governing relations between unions and private-sector employers. It's not so much because Becker is a lawyer for the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union and would be the first NLRB member to come straight from the legal staff of organized...
  • Members Only

    02/09/2010 4:45:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 249+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 9, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Labor Policy: And you thought card check legislation was dead? That certainly appeared to be the case last spring. But now there's talk of attaching it to a jobs bill. Dirty politics and lousy policy. Card check, known last year as the Employee Free Choice Act, is an attempt to fundamentally change the way unions organize. Under a card check law, a union would be certified if a simple majority of workers signed the cards that were used to gauge their interest in unionization. A follow-up vote through a secret ballot, the traditional method of certifying a union, would not...
  • Defeat the EFCA and Card-Check

    02/09/2010 7:25:27 AM PST · by James H. Shott · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | February 9, 2010 | James H. Shott
    Still looming on the legislative horizon is something deceptively called the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, H.R. 800), the provisions of which will make it easier for union organizers to impose union representation on a group of workers by circumventing the current secret ballot method of deciding for or against union representation with an odious mechanism called “card check.” Secret ballot voting has been a feature in US elections for more than two centuries, and that includes union elections. However, if the EFCA were to become law, the federal government will have tilted the playing field toward labor unions by...
  • AFL-CIO Predicts 'Card Check' Passage This Spring

    01/11/2010 12:25:04 PM PST · by Big Labor Hater · 6 replies · 508+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 1/11/10 | Brian Buetler
    Speaking at the National Press Club this afternoon, AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka made a bold prediction: The Employee Free Choice Act--the flagship legislation of the labor movement--will pass in the first quarter of 2010. "I think you'll see the Employee Free Choice Act pass in the first quarter of 2010," Trumka said. "You'll have it have some real effect. We'll start creating and making new jobs in this country again."
  • Teaching the Democrats the Value of a Secret Ballot.

    12/07/2009 7:37:31 PM PST · by SwaggerStick · 2 replies · 336+ views
    If you want to teach those unscrupulous Democrats down there in that Congressional Cesspool the value a secret ballot follow these instructions. 1. Establish a small temporary office manned by two people in each congressional district. Post a big sign in the office “Your share could be thousands of dollars !”. 2. Put the following ad in the newspapers, on the radio and television. “Order your absentee ballot now – bring your blank ballot to the office listed below and receive your share of the canceled one trillion dollar stimulus package if the republicans gain the majority in the House...
  • Biden: Labor legislation to pass this year

    09/07/2009 5:47:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 948+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/7/09 | Eric Zimmermann
    Controversial legislation that would make it easier to organize unions will pass this year, Vice President Joe Biden said today. Appearing at a Labor Day rally in Pittsburgh, Biden praised the role of unions in building the middle class and said the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will make it through Congress before the end of the year, the Associated Press reports. That's a very optimistic timeline, considering that Democrats are already putting all their legislative muscle behind healthcare reform.
  • Anti-democratic - Push to end secret union ballots is indefensible (Just say No to SB 789, aRnie)

    08/29/2009 5:56:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 580+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/29/09 | Editorial
    Some scholars squabble about the particulars, but there is no question that democracy's roots go back at least 2,500 years to practices developed in the Greek city-state of Athens. But the adoption of a key pillar of democracy — the secret ballot — came far more recently. In England in the 1830s, disenfranchised working-class men and sympathetic members of Parliament launched the Chartist movement. The most crucial of its six objectives was universal suffrage for all men over 21, but not far behind was the secret-ballot provision. It took decades, but eventually the secret ballot became the democratic norm —...
  • Senate Dems Are Against Secret Ballot for Unions... But Not Themselves

    08/20/2009 11:31:11 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 1 replies · 267+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/20/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    It has to be the ultimate hypocrisy, but the Democrat Party has been touting its support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a bill that would eliminate the secret ballot for potential union members, but recently decided that a secret ballot for Senators on whether or not to vote in committee chairmen is quite important. The hypocrisy is stark. I say again, even as Senate Democrats have found no reason to protect the democratic right of the secret ballot for union workers they’ve decided that it is a must for themselves when voting in or out Senate committee chairmen....
  • Rasmussen: Most American's Oppose Union's Card Check Ideas

    07/15/2009 6:31:48 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 7/15/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    One of the main premises of the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is the card check feature. This feature eliminates the right of potential union employees to have the benefit of a secret ballot when they vote for or against organizing under a union. Recently, Rasmussen did a poll on the basic concept to see what the prevailing feelings were and it looks like the union position comes out heavily on the losing end of the stats with this one. What’s more, most people agree with the Republican position that opposes the union’s... Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
  • Play “What Is Card Check?” Game

    07/10/2009 1:33:43 PM PDT · by nateriver · 3 replies · 353+ views
    An interactive game about present day Organized Labor (Unions) push for doing away with the secret ballot and replacing it with public card signing. Play this interactive flash game to learn what life would be life if the so-called “Employee Freedom of Choice Act” passes and “card check” becomes the law of the land. Be sure to Contact Your Legislator Forward this link to your email forwards
  • Feinstein stuck in middle of union 'card-check' fight

    06/21/2009 6:25:00 PM PDT · by South40 · 11 replies · 696+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 6/21/2009 | John Marelius
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein is getting squeezed by business and organized labor over her neutrality on legislation that would make it easier for workers to form unions. Feinstein was a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, commonly known as “card check,” in 2007. But she is the only Democrat in the California congressional delegation who is not a co-sponsor of this year's bill, which is labor's top legislative priority. The senator has expressed reservations about forging ahead with such a fundamental change in union-organizing rules during a deep recession. “This is an extraordinarily difficult economy, and there are very strong...
  • Card check makes '09 political debut in Virginia

    06/07/2009 2:26:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 461+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    The next governor of Virginia will have little impact on the heated debate over the Employee Free Choice Act, but that's not stopping one candidate from using the controversial issue to win headlines. Former Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) has spent several weeks repeatedly bringing up the legislation, the so-called "card check" measure that would make it easier for unions to form. At a time when Virginia, like the rest of the nation, is hemorrhaging jobs, McDonnell casts card check as bad for businesses that need all the help they can get to begin rehiring employees. "It's a big issue...
  • Card-Check Threat Alive And Well

    06/04/2009 8:34:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 291+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 4, 2009
    Big Labor: If you thought "card check" legislation that would kill off workers' right to a secret ballot is dead, think again. Despite public repudiation, it's back — with its advocates using sneakier tactics.The Employee Free Choice Act would permit the establishment of new unions solely on the signatures of a company's employees, taken either on the fly or with union thugs standing in their doorways. Besides denying workers a right to a secret ballot, "card check," as it's known, also forces federal arbitration onto companies for union contracts, ensuring that either unions dictate the wages they want or a...
  • Romney Calls Union-Backed Bill “Catastrophic”

    05/28/2009 5:01:20 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 25 replies · 882+ views
    CBSNews.com ^ | 05-28-09 | Stephanie Condon
    As Democrats and Republicans stand increasingly at odds over measures to help improve the economy, one bill under consideration highlights how critical party loyalty could be in determining policy measures. Mitt Romney, a likely contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, joined a forum of business advocates in Northern Virginia on Thursday to denounce a union-backed bill, the Employee Free Choice Act, as little more than political payback from Democrats that would worsen the nation's economic footing. The bill would be "catastrophic for the economy," Romney said. "The impact long term is people start less businesses here. It's not great...
  • Liberals Hold Prayer Breakfast in U.S. Capitol to Pray for Bill to End Secret [Union] Ballots

    05/20/2009 8:59:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 25 replies · 1,076+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2009 | Adam Brickley
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – Union leaders, clergy and liberal members of Congress gathered in the mostly empty U.S. Capitol Visitors Center early Tuesday morning to hear multicultural choir music, speeches from religious leaders--and to pray for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The event was a prayer breakfast sponsored by Faith Leaders for Workplace Fairness--a coalition of liberal religious groups that was formed for the sole purpose of promoting EFCA, commonly known as the “card-check” bill. Under this bill, union organizers could compel an employer to recognize a union as representing the employer's workers any time more than...
  • Forget the secret ballot; note the secret agenda

    05/16/2009 4:40:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies · 367+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 16 may 09 | Patrick McIlheran
    The Employee Free Choice Act, which would take away employees’ free choice about whether to join a union, has brighter prospects now that Arlen Specter is in the mood to compromise. This is wretched news, of course, because secret ballots matter (I'll point out why in Sunday's Journal Sentinel) and because the bill also imposes binding arbitration on company-union negotiations. As George McGovern recently put it, this is lunacy. Diana Furchgott-Roth points out that Specter’s compromise might well be to give way on the secret ballot – unions would have to swallow not winning 100% of the time – but...
  • Both business, labor claim recess victories (Kiss the Secret Ballott Goodbye - Reid)

    04/18/2009 5:48:09 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 9 replies · 730+ views
    the hill ^ | Today | Michael O'Brien
    Both business, labor claim recess victories By Michael O'Brien Posted: 04/18/09 06:59 PM [ET] After two weeks of wrangling over the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) during the congressional recess, both business and labor groups are claiming victory before the return of Congress this week. Organized labor groups have cited what they claim was the largest grass-roots mobilization since the election as a sign of their success over the congressional break, while business groups point to signs that the legislation will fall short of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) declared Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s (D-Ark.)...
  • Unions Can't Move the World

    04/11/2009 6:36:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 398+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | April 11, 2009 | Michael Barone
    If you have a long enough lever, you can move the world. That's an old saying attributed to Archimedes. But what Archimedes didn't add is that a long enough lever may splinter in your hands if the material is not strong enough. You may end up not moving the world where you wanted it to go and finding yourself in a position you didn't want to be in. That's pretty much the position of organized labor -- the leaders of America's large labor unions -- today. For the past several years, they have been attempting to move the world by...
  • Unions near victory, labor official says (barf alert)

    04/06/2009 8:25:07 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 12 replies · 615+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 4-6-09 | Don Walton
    Organized labor is “very close” to winning a breakthrough legislative victory that could help restore a healthy middle class, a top national union official said in Lincoln. “We want to reverse a 30-year assault on the freedom to form unions and bargain collectively,” said Stewart Acuff, special assistant to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Acuff is spearheading the drive to win enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would allow workers to choose union representation at their workplace without a secret ballot vote. Under current law, employers can demand a secret ballot vote even if a majority of...
  • National Save My Ballot Tour Travels to Pennsylvania (Special Guest: Joe the Plumber)

    03/27/2009 10:52:24 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies · 573+ views
    Americans for Prosperity ^ | March 24, 2009 | Mary Ellen Burke
    HARRISBURG - Americans for Prosperity (AFP) will defend workers’ rights to cast secret ballots in Pennsylvania as part of its nationwide Save My Ballot tour in opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as “card check,” which would strip workers of their rights in union organizing elections. “Some lawmakers want to abolish private ballot elections through the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act, and allow unions to organize just by collecting signatures on union cards. This would give them the ability to pressure and intimidate workers in public,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “We support the secret ballot so...
  • The power of 41 (GOP scores a big win against card check)

    03/24/2009 8:38:23 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 13 replies · 978+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 25, 2009 | Editorial
    If anyone were still in doubt as to the importance of a Senate filibuster, we'd point them to Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter's announcement yesterday that he will not support "card check." Maybe Big Labor won't be able to up-end the economy, after all. Mr. Specter's decision means Republicans now have 41 votes against "card check" -- legislation that would do away with secret ballots in union organization elections. The Pennsylvanian was the only Senate Republican to have previously voted in favor of a debate on the bill, and as such had been the target of a furious lobbying fight by...
  • Specter delivers death blow to labor union bill

    03/24/2009 4:13:09 PM PDT · by radar101 · 115 replies · 7,203+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/24/09 | Kevin Bogardus
    Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced Tuesday he will oppose card check, giving an apparent death blow to the most important congressional issue to organized labor. Specter made the dramatic announcement in a floor speech. His opposition means Democrats can count on a maximum of 59 votes to move the bill forward, one short of the 60 required to clear Senate rules. Winning 59 votes would require Democrat Al Franken to beat Republican Norm Coleman in the still-contested Minnesota Senate race. Democrats also would have to count on holding the rest of their votes, and several centrists have raised doubts about...
  • AFTER MUCH PRESSURE, SPECTER TO OPPOSE CLOTURE & PASSAGE ON CARD CHECK

    03/24/2009 10:53:56 AM PDT · by GeneralHavoc · 92 replies · 5,358+ views
    GrassrootsPA.com ^ | 3/24/09 | GrassrootsPA.com
    AFTER MUCH PRESSURE, SPECTER TO OPPOSE CLOTURE & PASSAGE ON CARD CHECK… According to multiple sources, Senator Arlen Specter will vote against cloture and passage on Employee Free Choice Act legislation…
  • Card Check: Good for Unions, Bad for America

    03/21/2009 11:16:01 PM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 376+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2009 | Michael Barone
    The Obama administration's budget is full of proposals that threaten to weaken our staggering economy. Higher taxes on high earners and reduced deductions for their charitable contributions and mortgage interests. A cap-and-trade system that will impose higher costs on everyone who uses electricity. A national health insurance program that will take $600 billion or so out of the private-sector economy. But the most grievous threat to future prosperity may be off-budget -- the inaptly named Employee Free Choice Act. Also known as card check, the legislation would effectively abolish secret ballots in unionization elections. It provides that once a majority...
  • Unionize or Die

    03/19/2009 8:39:55 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 98 replies · 1,482+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-19-09 | WSJ Editorial Staff
    The Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would allow unions to organize worksites without secret-ballot elections, was introduced in Congress last week. And this week, we saw how far Big Labor will go to pass it. On Tuesday the Service Employees International Union posted a YouTube video about the horrific death of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, man who fell into an industrial-sized clothes dryer while clearing a jam of wet laundry. The accident occurred at a plant operated by Cintas Corp., a large uniform supplier. The implication is that the accident never would have occurred if the worksite had been...
  • Big Labor's Wish List

    03/17/2009 4:12:14 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Heritage Foundation
    Organized labor's highest legislative priority, the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), is harmful to both American workers and businesses. The bill has two key components: 1) Eliminates Secret Ballot for “Card Check” The bill replaces secret ballot union organizing elections with "card check," a process where union organizers publicly solicit workers' signed union authorization cards. If a majority of a company's workers sign cards, they all automatically join the union, without an election. Union activists privately acknowledge that workers often sign union cards because of peer pressure or harassment and that publicly signed cards do not reflect workers' true...
  • No Use For Unions

    03/17/2009 6:33:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 592+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 17, 2009
    Labor: In the same week legislation that would kill the secret ballot used to form a union is introduced, a poll finds fewer than one in 10 non-union workers wants to join a union. No wonder coercion is necessary.The bill is called the Employee Free Choice Act. But instead of liberating workers, it would enslave them to unions. Under current law, a work force is organized when a simple majority of workers, voting with secret ballots, approves of unionization. The Employee Free Choice Act, more appropriately called the card check bill, turns that honorable practice on its head. If it...
  • State Conservatives Lead The Charge In Effort To Protect Secret Union Ballots

    03/16/2009 7:25:13 PM PDT · by Delacon · 2 replies · 285+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | 3/16/2009 | SEAN HIGGINS
    While the fight over pro-union card check legislation rages on in Congress, a second front has opened up in the battle: the states.Critics of card check are trying to get states to amend their constitutions to require secret ballots in union organizing. They've already managed to get one state, Utah, to put the proposed changes on the ballot in the 2010 election.In most cases, card check would make union organizing easier by using what amounts to a simple petition drive to replace a federally overseen secret ballot by workers asking whether they want to join a union. Fans of the...
  • Socialism Comes To America, And You Better Believe It (Card check)

    03/16/2009 9:40:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 701+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | March 16, 2009 | Herb Denenberg
    Coming to a country near you: Labor contracts dictated by federal arbitrators who know little about the businesses they will be regulating by their decisions, and the advent of near universal unionization. The country near you is your country — yes, the United States of America. If high corporate taxes, increased dividend taxes, increased capital gains taxes, the anti-energy carbon tax and metastasizing regulation won’t kill American business, entrepreneurship, and innovation, this will: the wildly misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) backed by President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, now the far left party. EFCA is the top priority...
  • Card Check: The Silencing Of Management

    03/14/2009 4:55:01 PM PDT · by Petro · 2 replies · 300+ views
    I think by now, a lot of Americans have heard about the proposed change by the labor unions and the Democrats to eliminate secret balloting when a company's employees decide to unionize. This change in the collective bargaining laws is called the "Employee Free Choice Act" or EFCA. It is also more commonly known as "Card Check". (See Wikipedia's Coverage of this topic) No matter what you call it, those who object to it are usually against it because it abandons the democratic process of voting in secret. It is this process of secret balloting that has, for decades now,...
  • Communist Groups Support Card Check

    03/12/2009 8:00:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 443+ views
    thebulletin.us ^ | March 11, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The labor policies of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party controlled Congress are being praised in certain quarters. Some see this praise as an indication of the Democrats’ true agenda. The appointment of Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary was noted with accolades on the Web site of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). A story written yesterday by Joelle Fishman, chair, Political Action Committee, CPUSA, said, “The appointment of Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor with an overwhelming vote despite right-wing opposition, is a great victory to celebrate this International Women’s Day. It is no wonder that Hilda Solis, born...
  • Maddow: You Take Mr. Barack’s Dime, You Support Mr. Barack’s Policies

    03/12/2009 7:28:46 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies · 1,565+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Barack Obama bought and paid for these banks. They better get in line behind his plan to abolish the secret ballot in unionization elections. That’s Rachel Maddow’s position. The MSNBC host is furious that banks taking bail-out funds have the audacity to do what they think is in the best interest of their businesses, instead of supporting the president’s scheme to do away with what most Americans consider a sacred element of democracy: the secret ballot. Apparently Citi and Bank of America have hosted conference calls in which opposition was expressed to the Obama-backed, Orwellian-named, Employee Free Choice Act, which...
  • Employee Free Choice Act Enters Congress—Time to Act!

    03/11/2009 3:28:27 PM PDT · by Delacon · 10 replies · 526+ views
    Tuesday, March 11, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was reintroduced into both houses of Congress. This is an important step forward for the country. Senate bill S. 560 and House bill H.R. 1409, if passed, would help working Americans improve their wages and working conditions by making it easier to join a union if they choose, and passage would also be huge step out of the current economic crisis the country is in. Also, EFCA—and a stronger trade union movement generally—is key to building a bigger, more united progressive movement that can address all the issues of civil rights,...
  • UNION SECRET BALLOT OK FOR MEXICANS NOT US

    03/11/2009 10:52:02 AM PDT · by mosesdapoet · 2 replies · 421+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Feb 20 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    "We feel the secret ballot is allowed for but not required by Mexican laobor law. However we feel that the secret ballot is absolutly necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they might not otherwise choose". That was the message submitted to the Mexican government the sponsors of the so called "Employer Free Choice Act which would eliminate the secret ballot in US union organizing. The document was signed by congress members;California's; Miller, Baca, Filner,Lee ,Lofgren ,Stark ; Massachusetts; Barney Frank, James McGovern , and Ohio's ;Kucinich, Kaptur. All sponsors of the...
  • The End of the Secret Ballot

    03/10/2009 3:44:20 PM PDT · by Birch T. Barlow · 9 replies · 449+ views
    The American ^ | 3/10/09 | Thomas P. Gies
    Making sense of the central political objective of organized labor.Whether the misleadingly named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)—known as “card check”—is introduced in the next hour or next year, it remains the central political objective of organized labor. It was also championed as a domestic priority by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats during the 2008 campaign. The EFCA would undercut the idea of a secret ballot in unionization drives and guarantee mandatory arbitration of many initial collective bargaining agreements. Canada’s experience with card check illustrates how it could further hobble the U.S. economy.
  • Union Elections Too Important For Secret Ballots

    03/10/2009 5:21:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies · 542+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Look, if you want to have the secret ballot in elections for President of the United States, that’s OK. I mean, what does a president decide, after all? But a unionization election? Now there’s something really important. It’s better to do away with the secret ballot there. That in essence was the argument of a union official in favor of permitting secret ballots to be denied in unionization elections, as would potentially be the case under the Orwellian-named “Employee Free Choice Act” introduced in Congress today. Stephen Lerner of the SEIU was the official in question. He made his argument...
  • Card Check's Bounce

    03/10/2009 6:11:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 712+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3.10.09 | Doug Bandow
    Barack Obama provides a study in contrasts. He is personally measured, but his agenda is radical. Although his top personnel are largely centrist, his objectives are standard leftist issue. If his program succeeds, the U.S. will look a lot more like Europe, with far more of life controlled by the central government. Rather like American Uncle Sam meets French Sun King. One of the most important goals of the Obama program is to strengthen labor unions. Explained the president: "I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, it's part of the solution." Of course...
  • Obama economic advisor Buffett against 'card-check'

    03/09/2009 8:20:18 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 6 replies · 830+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | March 9, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Obama supporter, campaign economic adviser and super-rich guy Warren Buffett says he is against 'card-check'; "Let's make it a perfectly flat statement" Buffet said on CNBC this morning. Just last week at a posh hotel in Miami Florida both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden told the AFL-CIO that they were behind the 'card-check' bill, known officially as the Employee Free Choice Act. In July of last year, Obama touted Buffett as one of his "core economic advisors" in an interview with Tom Brokaw on NBC's Meet the Press. Card-check is legislation that makes it easier for employers...
  • Buffett: Secret ballot is important..."I'm against card check."

    03/09/2009 5:43:29 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 52 replies · 3,964+ views
    CNBC interview ^ | March 9 | PghBaldy
    He just said it live on CNBC...deflected it before but Joe Kernen asked again...Warren Buffett "I'm against card check" Here is posting from CNBC blog: 8:33a: Buffett says union elections should continue to be by secret ballot. He is opposed to the "card check" proposal for worker votes on joining unions.
  • Don’t let Obama take away the right to vote by secret ballot

    03/06/2009 4:29:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 394+ views
    American Family Association ^ | 02.03.2009 | Donald E. Wildmon
    Let your voice be heard today to protect this precious right In office less than 40 days, President Obama is already working to strip American workers of their right to vote by secret ballot in union elections. Under a bill being proposed by President Obama, secret ballots are tossed aside and workers are forced to vote in front of intimidating union officials. The bill being pushed by President Obama is deceptively named the "Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)."