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  • No Labor Pains (Obama gives the go-ahead to card check to the AFL-CIO)

    03/03/2009 7:28:15 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 85 replies · 2,785+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | March 3, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Here are the remarks (as prepared for delivery) that President Barack Obama spoke via video to the AFL-CIO executive Council in Miami today. At the very end of the speech, Obama made what all of labor hoped and expected: a promise to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, or 'card-check' for short. Here goes:
  • Mickey Kaus: "Card Check" Not as Bad as Thought! It's Worse.

    02/28/2009 6:07:09 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 27 replies · 1,627+ views
    Slate ^ | 02/28/09 | Mickey Kaus
    In the "card check" bill, if a newly unionized employer can't reach an agreement with the new union, an arbitrator will step in and impose a two-year contract. I thought Jennifer Rubin must be wrong when she said that this arbitrator would be a government employee: snip But it turns out Rubin is right. Or at least she might be right. The arbitration parts of the card check bill are so vaguely drawn that nobody knows who the arbitrators will be. The job of appears to be delegated entirely to the Federal Mediation Service. The FMS might decide to use...
  • Secret Ballot Protection Act

    02/28/2009 4:37:46 AM PST · by tunedin · 11 replies · 483+ views
    Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after introducing the Secret Ballot Protection Act. The bill, authored by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), and Rep. Price, guarantees the right to a secret ballot to workers deciding whether to unionize. “The secret ballot is a pillar of American democracy,” said Rep. Price. “Unfortunately, congressional Democrats have said they are willing to throw the secret ballot aside in order to advance a political agenda and expand the influence of Big Labor in the workplace. Forcing a worker’s decision to be made public would open the door for coercive...
  • Bill to End Secret Ballots in Union Organizing Will Cost Blacks Says Black Chamber of Commerce

    02/26/2009 1:39:56 PM PST · by Scanian · 15 replies · 591+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 26, 2009 | Josiah Ryan,
    If a union-boosting bill is passed by Congress later this year, it could cost members of the African American community their jobs, members of a panel hosted by the National Black Chamber of Congress (NBCC) said at the National Press Club on Tuesday. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) or card check bill, is heavily favored by labor unions and their Democratic allies. The bill would give more leverage to union organizers by replacing the secret ballot with a system in which workers would openly sign a card saying they want to join a union. To unionize a workplace, fifty...
  • Fighting the Card Check bill

    02/26/2009 10:31:52 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 9 replies · 536+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 1/26/2009 | Connie Hair
    Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, and Mike Enzi (R-Wy.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Wednesday introduced in the Senate the Secret Ballot Protection Act (SBPA) -- legislation that would guarantee the right of every American worker to have a secret ballot election when deciding whether or not to unionize their workplace. Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the Republican Study Committee chair, John Kline (R-Minn.), and Buck McKeon (R-Ca.) introduced the House legislation with over 100 cosponsors, including minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). The bill would amend the National...
  • GOP Introduces Bill Mandating Secret-Ballot Union Elections (Stop Card Check - EFCA)

    02/25/2009 3:45:59 PM PST · by Fred · 3 replies · 629+ views
    Work Force ^ | 022509 | Mark Schoeff Jr.
    Capitol Hill Republicans threw the first legislative punch in the fight over union law on Wednesday, February 25. But Democrats could land a haymaker of their own later with a bill that is much more likely to obtain congressional approval. Members of the House and Senate GOP introduced a bill that would mandate secret-ballot elections to form a union. The measure is meant to counter a bill Democrats could debut any day that would make it easier for employees to organize. Called the Employee Free Choice Act, the Democratic bill would force companies to recognize unions when a majority of...
  • The Authoritarianism of American Labor Law

    02/20/2009 8:55:30 PM PST · by Delacon · 3 replies · 382+ views
    The Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | February 18, 2009 | George C. Leef
    American labor law is a dank miasma of special-interest legislation that tramples on the rights of some citizens in order to advance the interests of others. The main beneficiaries are labor-union officials who lobbied for and received extraordinary and unique powers from compliant politicians. The victims are business owners and workers who prefer to have nothing to do with unions. Even with their powers, however, union officials have seen a steady decline in the popularity of their product ever since the 1950s. The percentage of workers in the private sector who are unionized has fallen from 36 percent in 1953...
  • Card Check: Changing the Rules for Collective Bargaining

    02/20/2009 7:36:47 PM PST · by Delacon · 12 replies · 632+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | February 20, 2009 | Thomas P. Gies
    Whether the misleadingly named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)--known as "card check"--is introduced next week 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.Card check would replace the government-monitored secret ballot election procedure, the cornerstone of federal labor law since the...
  • US Congress: Pass Employee Free Choice Act [Orwellian]

    01/28/2009 9:24:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 614+ views
    Human Rights Watch ^ | January 27, 2009
    US Congress: Pass Employee Free Choice Act Proposed Law Protects Right to Organize, Bargain Collectively JANUARY 27, 2009 Download the report "The Employee Free Choice Act: A Human Rights Imperative" Weak US labor law effectively denies millions of workers the right to form a union and bargain collectively. Congress should bring worker protections closer to international standards by passing the Employee Free Choice Act. Carol Pier, senior researcher on labor rights and trade for Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) - US lawmakers should back a proposed law to strengthen protections for workers who are trying to organize a union and...
  • Secret Ballot at Risk

    01/16/2009 12:21:10 PM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 16, 2009 | Heather Latham
    Secret Ballot at Risk by: Heather Latham, January 16, 2009 Ernest Istook is a former Congressman from Oklahoma, a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and the Chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Save Our Secret Ballot. On January 13, 2009, Istook spoke at the Conservative Bloggers Briefing about the mission of Save Our Secret Ballot. Istook started, Intimidation and attempts to intimidate people is very real, and certainly, one of the areas which has a sad history is when it comes to union organizing tactics. He explained that Congress is preparing to vote on a bill entitled The...
  • Missouri Moves to Make Secret Ballot Required by Law

    01/03/2009 6:11:17 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 1/03/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will take away the secret ballot for potential union members and force them to openly declare their preferences for or against a union, causing that worker to be easily open to intimidation by union thugs. This is a law currently in the table in Congress, one that Barack Obama has pledged to push through regardless of how it eliminates one of the oldest democratic rights there is. But, now Missouri is trying to head off the possible federal enactment of "card check" (the provision that eliminates the secret ballot) by legislating that a...
  • States preparing to counter Employee Free Choice Act

    01/02/2009 1:25:15 PM PST · by clyde_m · 14 replies · 639+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 2, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    At least five states - Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada, and Utah - are working towards placing constitutional amendments on their 2010 ballots to override the anticipated federal action. State-level legislation would run into a program vis-a-vis federal legislation because of the Preemption Doctrine.
  • The Senate Goes Wobbly on Card Check

    01/02/2009 5:39:01 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 19 replies · 1,163+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2008 | Kimberly Strassel
    Responsibility has a way of focusing the mind. Take Mark Pryor, Democratic senator from Arkansas. In 2007, Mr. Pryor voted to move card check, Big Labor's No. 1 priority. And why not? Mr. Pryor knew the GOP would block the bill, which gets rid of secret ballots in union elections. Besides, his support helped guarantee labor wouldn't field a challenger to him in the primary. Postelection, Mr. Pryor isn't so committed. He's indicated he wouldn't co-sponsor the legislation again. He says he'd like to find common ground between labor and business. He is telling people the bill isn't on a...
  • Missouri Unions object to secret ballot proposal [Employee Free Choice Act]

    01/01/2009 12:21:46 PM PST · by rface · 7 replies · 1,272+ views
    The Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune ^ | 12.31.08 | JANESE HEAVIN
    Secret ballots would not only be guaranteed but required by Missouri law under a proposed constitutional amendment pitched yesterday. State Sen. John Loudon, a Republican from Ballwin and co-chairman of the so-called Save Our Secret Ballot, or S.O.S., initiative in Missouri, filed for a citizen initiative petition that would put the amendment on the 2010 ballot. ....[hope 2010 is not too late] The measure is essentially a pre-emptive strike against the Employee Free Choice Act being proposed on the federal level that, if approved, would allow workers to forgo the election process to unionize. Obama co-sponsored and voted for the...
  • Democrats Going Wobbly on Card Check

    12/22/2008 1:20:30 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 49 replies · 1,582+ views
    Red State ^ | December 22, 2008 | Brian Faughnan
    What accounts for the sudden decline in the fortunes of Americas labor unions? Wasnt it just a few weeks ago that labor leaders helped elect the most liberal chief executive in modern times? Even before hes sworn in, the debates over the automaker bailout and Card Check are making clear that as important as the White House is, you cant succeed if your policy goals are so unpopular that they have a hard time passing Congress. Weve seen how unpopular the UAW bailout is, and blackhedd today explains that the bailout debate may well dominate Barack Obamas first 100 days....
  • Green activists find new ally in US unions

    12/14/2008 8:31:40 PM PST · by hattend · 7 replies · 487+ views
    AP ^ | Sun Dec 14, 12:09 pm ET | VANESSA GERA
    POZNAN, Poland Some U.S. labor groups that have long feared environmental campaigns as a threat to American jobs are starting to see advantages in going green. This evolution was clear at this week's U.N. climate talks in Poland, where several American labor groups and environmental activists made joint appeals for policies that would promote high-tech renewable energy as the answer to both climate change and job losses.... snip ....Foster said unions and green groups have waged joint lobbying efforts nationwide for laws increasing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies, and they have teamed up for numerous court battles against...
  • Card-Checkocracy (Card Check - Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    12/03/2008 9:19:21 AM PST · by Fred · 4 replies · 891+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 120308 | Opinion
    Organized labor helped elect Barack Obama and now eagerly awaits his promised support for its top prioritya bill that would make it easier to set up union locals. The Employee Free Choice Act would allow unions to create local bargaining units without winning the vote of a majority of workers in a secret ballot. The local unit would be certified if a majority of workers endorsed it by signing an authorization card handed out by union organizers. Fair enough? Not really. The so-called card-check bill would not protect workers and it would not be "free choice." It would strip away...
  • Will Southern Dems Torpedo Themselves By Voting Card Check?

    11/28/2008 9:53:50 AM PST · by Jay777 · 7 replies · 532+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 28 Nov 08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Politico has some interesting analysis on the purported divisions among Democrats going into the future. They may have majority control of Congress on its face, but do they have enough of a controlling majority to push through some of their most egregiously extreme measures like the pro-union card check idea contained in the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)? According to Politico the "fault lines" in the Democratic caucus are soon to be revealed. Unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can whip their caucuses into unity, numerous fault lines will be revealed: Southern Democrats...
  • KISS YOUR JOB GOODBYE

    11/25/2008 6:20:28 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 73 replies · 2,708+ views
    NEALZ NUZE ^ | November 25, 2008 | NEAL BOORTZ
    My God! The unions are actually going to pull this one off! Their unionization-by-intimidation bill is actually going to pass! Now just ask yourself .. what would you do if you were an employer and you felt that the Democrats were on the verge of passing the union's "card check" bill. Well .. I'll tell you what I would do. I would be looking at any automation that I could find that would reduce my workforce. I would then go with all of the offshore options I could find that would allow me to get rid of more employees. Then...
  • There's no 'free choice' in Employee Free Choice Act (Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    11/25/2008 2:35:05 AM PST · by Fred · 8 replies · 1,147+ views
    Regarding Dr. John David's commentary, "Make it Easier to Unionize Workplace": Labor unions certainly have their place in a contemporary American economy, but not at the expense of employee free choice and economic security. Indeed, the Employee Free Choice Act would severely erode the freedom enjoyed by employees for nearly 75 years to make a private, fully-informed decision about whether or not they want a union to represent them. Too often, the losing party in a union election - the company or the union - blames its loss on the opposing party's "coercive and underhanded" tactics. In reality though, the...
  • Will the Employee Free Choice Act rise in the 111th?

    11/22/2008 10:10:45 AM PST · by clyde_m · 8 replies · 311+ views
    My Aisling Blog ^ | November 22, 2008 | My Aisling
    Once the new Congress is seated, you can bet that the Employee Free Choice Act will be come up for cloture - that will mean that unions will be able to use the "card-check" system to compel new unions in small businesses. The mechanism is underscored by a system of fines that will result in small businesses being at the mercy of unions.
  • Boehner: GOP firmly against 'card check'(A Union in Every Business Act of 2009)

    11/20/2008 12:29:14 PM PST · by Fred · 13 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, November 21, 2008 | S.A. Miller
    House Republican Leader John A. Boehner said Democrats' use of secret ballots to chose its leadership was ironic because the party wants to nix workers' rights to a secret voting in deciding whether to unionize. "The secret ballot election is a cornerstone of our American democracy," Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Thursday. "If it is good enough for House Democrats to rely on during today's high-stakes vote, shouldn't it be good enough for millions of American workers across America who value their workplace privacy?" He vowed Republicans would stand firmly against the Democrat's "card-check" legislation - dubbed the Employee Free...
  • An undemocratic agenda, part 1

    11/17/2008 5:43:26 AM PST · by SumProVita · 4 replies · 393+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | Nov. 17, 2008 | Scott Johnson
    "The proposed legislation that a Democratic Congress with enhanced Democratic majorities stands poised to pass ranges from the destructive to the abominable and the tyrannical. Indeed, much of it -- like, for example, the Fairness Doctrine -- is all of the above. Another such bill is organized labor's Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800). In terms of truth in labeling -- another feature it shares with the Fairness Doctrine -- this bill could have been inspired by 1984's MInistry of Truth. ...snip... "Newspaper articles discussing the EFCA -- such as this Los Angeles Times article -- focus on the abrogation...
  • Coalition for a Democratic Workplace/Union Household Survey Results (Obama Union Payback Act)

    11/13/2008 6:21:02 PM PST · by Fred · 10 replies · 535+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 111308 | Market Watch
    Union Voters Overwhelmingly Want to Protect Right to Cast Vote in Private The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) today released a comprehensive analysis of data of union household attitudes from six statewide polls. The combined findings from the key states of Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New Mexico suggest that President-elect Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress may have trouble convincing voters from union households that support for the mis-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is a pro-worker position. Notably, the surveys found widespread opposition among union household voters (69%) to the EFCA, which would replace a federally...
  • Obama Win May Mean More Business-Labor Fights Ahead

    11/11/2008 10:05:04 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 16 replies · 310+ views
    St Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | November 11, 2008 | Philip Dine
    The advent of a new administration could mean a renewed political debate over a central aspect of life for most Americans the workplace. Barack Obama has embraced a pro-union agenda that would strengthen the labor movement. And union leaders, who spent more than a quarter-billion dollars and enlisted more than a quarter-million volunteers to win working class swing voters, expect Democrats in both the White House and Congress to make good on their campaign promises. "We have more votes in the Senate, we have more votes in the House, and we have a mobilized electorate and union movement that...
  • Labor unions ask political backing for organizing law(Card Check -$400,000,000 for DIMS Elections)

    11/09/2008 9:18:51 AM PST · by Fred · 30 replies · 153+ views
    Reuters ^ | 110908 | Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. labor unions, having helped Barack Obama win the presidency, entertain high hopes he will enact their agenda to bolster their negotiating power with employers and increase their numbers after decades of decline. Unions have "an unprecedented amount of leverage" after turning out white middle-class voters for Obama in battleground industrial states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that he won in Tuesday's election but had lost in the Democratic nominating primaries, said University of Illinois-Chicago labor expert Robert Bruno. "American workers won this election," said Anna Burger, chairman of the labor coalition "Change to Win" at a news...
  • Big Labor Payoff: Obama & Pelosi Plot to Destroy Secret Ballot Rights for Millions of Americans

    10/25/2008 7:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 731+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2008 | John Boehner
    Just days from now, voters will head to the polls facing the ultimate irony: potentially electing a President and congressional majority prepared to strip millions of Americans of the same right they will exercise on November 4th inside voting booths across the country: the right to a secret ballot. At stake is the American working men and womens right to preserve their privacy during workplace unionization elections a right Democratic leaders like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are ready to replace with a decidedly undemocratic process known as a card check. Union elections have been monitored for...
  • Warner On Card Check?

    10/15/2008 10:11:54 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 3 replies · 353+ views
    http://www.dailynews-record.com ^ | 2008-10-15 | www.dailynews-record.com
    He Won't Say 'Yes' Or 'No' As the polls repeatedly tell us, former Gov. Mark Warner makes an appealing candidate for U.S. Senate. But a recent refusal to commit, up or down, on an issue critical to many Virginia voters, in our mind, diminishes this appeal. The issue to which we refer is the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, which would, in essence, replace the secret ballot in the decision to organize a union with a card check system. The system would allow union organizers to place pressure at times, undue pressure on individual workers to check that...
  • An attack on the secret ballot (labor unions)

    09/25/2008 11:27:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 420+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 24, 2008 | David Reinhard
    The issue nobody's talking about, and it's not raceOK, you want to talk issues. You're tired of talking personalities, character, experience and Sarah Palin's eyewear. You've had it contemplating whether Barack Obama's or John McCain's campaign ads are more full of lies and distortions. You're above all this bunkum. You want to talk about some substantive difference between the two presidential candidates that could shape the way we live -- that could alter some basic American value -- in the decades to come. So here's the issue. It's a big one that's below the surface and not getting a lot...
  • Obama, Dems Are Friends Of Labor Bosses, Workers' Enemies

    09/15/2008 5:50:30 PM PDT · by curth · 2 replies · 60+ views
    The Bulletin (Philadelphia) ^ | 9/12/2008 | Herb Dennenberg
    Inside Today's Bulletin Obama, Dems Are Friends Of Labor Bosses, Workers' Enemies By: Herb Denenberg, The Bulletin 09/12/2008 email this storyEmail to a friendpost a commentPost a Commentprinter friendlyPrinter-friendly The Democratic Party and its presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, like to pose as the friends of workers and their unions. In fact, they are the friends of the labor bosses, but are enemies of the workers and their unions. They blindly support the teachers' unions and their policies, which have assured that public education so often fails. This means that instead of being a real friend of the teachers and...
  • Mark Warner (VA), Tom Udall(NM) and Others Pledge Support for Card Check (Employee Free Choice ACT)

    09/13/2008 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 17 replies · 1,150+ views
    http://blog.aflcio.org ^ | September 14, 2008 | Seth Michaels
    Candidates in Key Races Pledge to Support Employee Free Choice [1] Kay Barnes [2] Rep. Tom Udall Yes, Virginia (and Ohio and Colorado), its true: The battle for the White House isnt the only election this fall. Every U.S. House seat and 33 Senate seats are up for election, and ensuring a pro-working family Congress will require a strong national effort.Many candidates around the country understand the importance of passing legislation that levels the playing field for workers seeking to form unions. Kay Barnes (D-Mo.) and Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are both...
  • Obama, Dems Are Friends Of Labor Bosses, Workers' Enemies

    09/12/2008 11:06:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 198+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | September 12, 2008 | Herb Denenberg
    The Democratic Party and its presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, like to pose as the friends of workers and their unions. In fact, they are the friends of the labor bosses, but are enemies of the workers and their unions. They blindly support the teachers' unions and their policies, which have assured that public education so often fails. This means that instead of being a real friend of the teachers and their unions, the Democratic Party assures pressure for school choice and pressure for less support of a failing public education system. The teachers' unions and the Democratic Party are...
  • Obama's Letter Promoting Elimination of Democracy

    09/01/2008 5:59:10 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 23 replies · 289+ views
    publiusforum.com ^ | 09/01/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Any speculation that Barack Obama will suddenly find it in his heart to accept ages old democratic practices can be put to rest with a letter he recently wrote urging a company to eliminate the secret ballot of workers being solicited for union membership. The Baker City Herald has the story of Beef Northwest, a food service company, that is undergoing union agitation. Employees of Beef Northwest are being urged to join the United Farm Workers union and Obama sent a letter in support of that initiative. Some of the employees that want the union openly signed cards saying they...
  • U.S. Chamber Of Commerce:Right To Work Laws Could Be Abolished With A Liberal Administration

    08/19/2008 1:37:30 PM PDT · by paltz · 1 replies · 109+ views
    Eyeblast.tv ^ | 8/19/08 | Kerry Picket
    Glenn Spencer, director of research at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spoke to conservative bloggers at the Heritage Foundation about the lefts top legislative plan to pass card-check. Union numbers have been down in past years, and the passage of card check would mean violating a workers privacy at the voting booth when choosing whether or not to join a union. As of now, A workers vote is private, which means that the worker knows that neither a paid union official nor a supervisor will ever know how he voted. However, an Obama administration could very well change not only...
  • Not-So-Special Interests Hold Parties Hostage

    08/18/2008 6:05:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 86+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 18, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    We take it for granted that a vote means a secret ballot, but it was not always that way. Moreover, it will not remain that way for workers who vote on whether or not they want a labor union, if legislation sponsored by congressional Democrats and endorsed by Sen. Barack Obama becomes law. Before there were secret ballots, voters dared not express their true preferences if those who watched them vote could retaliate whether by firing them, beating them up or in other ways. Anyone who is serious about people being free to express themselves with their votes wants...
  • George Will: Populism McCain Can Offer

    08/17/2008 6:04:53 AM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 223+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | August 17, 2008 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Last August, John McCain's campaign was a guttering candle, out of money but flush with half-baked ideas that were unlikely to be improved by further baking. Anyway, to have many ideas is to have too many for a campaign's concluding sprint, and McCain's revival has not been robust enough to bring him even with Barack Obama. Now McCain's rejuvenated hopes rest on his ability to recast this election, focusing it on who should lead America in a world suddenly darkened by Russia's war of European conquest. To begin the recasting, he should weed from the unkempt garden of...
  • Harry Reid, Unions and Secret Ballots

    06/25/2007 12:47:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 606+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | June 25, 2007 | Paul M. Weyrich
    Jun 25, 2007 One of the most sacred rights Americans enjoy and have enjoyed from the earliest days of our Republic is the secret ballot. With minor exceptions over the years, when one casts a vote privacy is assured. Many states have laws that prohibit politics 100 feet from the sidewalk to the voting booth. Each law varies and people often try to take advantage of those laws, which is why most states permit poll-watchers, often hired by political parties. If a voter encounters someone breaking the law, the voter may approach a poll-watcher to alert the police. I mention...
  • Dems Put Right To Secret Ballot In Play

    06/22/2007 6:04:14 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 12 replies · 934+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 22 June 2007 | Senator Mitch McConnell
    Right after opening the new Congress in January, the Senate's Democratic Leadership introduced a bill that neatly outlined the thrust of U.S. Democracy-building efforts abroad: "It should be the policy of the United States," the bill said, " ...to use instruments of United States influence to support, promote, and strengthen democratic principles, practices, and values, including the right to free, fair, and open elections, secret balloting, and universal suffrage." Now that Democrats are poised to eliminate secret ballots from the workplace, Americans are right to ask a simple question: "Huh?"
  • Freep a Poll! (Secret ballots for unionization votes. Good? Bad?)

    03/06/2007 2:55:33 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies · 216+ views
    www.countypressonline.com ^ | 3-6-07 | County Press Online
    Should voting be by secret ballot. Yes, the sanctity of the voting booth prevents people from being pressured by the powerful and is a bulwark of the democratic process. No, private ballots keep workers from forming unions they really want because, because, because, I dont know why but Joe Sestak and the Democratic Party say so, so it must be true because they CARE!
  • Fighting against the secret ballot: Big labor seeks to undermine cherished American tradition

    09/07/2006 7:13:52 AM PDT · by Nevadan · 8 replies · 496+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Sep. 07, 2006 | EDITORIAL
    The only growth area for American organized labor in recent decades has been among government agencies, where the increased costs imposed by unionization can be easily passed on to the "customers" without concerns about losing market share to the competition ... since government agencies allow no competition. In the private sector, victimized by the fading of the smokestack industries and perhaps to some extent by their own success in passing "worker protection" laws, unions are not faring well. Union membership fell to 7.8 percent of all American private sector workers last year, from 20 percent in 1983. Advertisement Why? Under...
  • Secrecy in the voting booth (unions & right to work)

    02/24/2005 7:21:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 321+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 24, 2005 | Charlie Norwood
    The Washington Timeswww.washingtontimes.com Secrecy in the voting boothBy Charlie NorwoodPublished February 24, 2005 Even most opponents of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq are applauding the results of last month's elections. The balloting gave the Iraqi people the first opportunity for a free and fair vote in decades. While it was certainly not a perfect voting situation -- no election ever is -- millions of Iraqis braved bullets and bombs to have a say in their future. But lest we forget, the murderous Saddam Hussein also held elections, and was re-elected president with 99 percent of the vote just before...
  • "Vote Early and Often," NBC Toll Free Number

    10/23/2004 12:38:57 PM PDT · by KiloLima · 17 replies · 1,770+ views
    NBC Nightly News ^ | 10/22/04 | Tom Brokaw
    If you have problems during early voting or on Election Day, call 866-MYVOTE1 to report your problem and talk to your local election officials.