The AFL-CIO’s web site says this about the Employee Free Choice Act:
“The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041), supported by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, would enable working people to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions by restoring workers’ freedom to choose for themselves whether to join a union. It would:
• Establish stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations.
• Provide mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes.
• Allow employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.”
This web site offers a few very interesting statements on why this act should pass in Congress.
First it calls the act a bipartisan coalition. Know this, in the Senate no Republicans have sign on and that one of this Bill’s co-sponsors is now President-Elect Obama. In the House the Bill has 234 co-sponsors, of which 6 are Ohio and Northeast Republicans – some bipartisan coalition?
Second it slyly says that the Act will
“Allow employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.”
In another area of the web site it says
“But the current system for forming unions and bargaining is broken. Every day, corporations deny workers the freedom to decide for themselves whether to form unions to bargain for a better life. They routinely intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire workers who try to form unions and bargain for economic well-being.”
One would think that with all this “bipartisan” support in Congress and the need to prevent the coercion of workers in forming a union, this Bill must pass. Nowhere does the web site state that today workers enjoy the private ballot to decide whether they form a union or not.
Yes, a private ballot currently protects workers from both union and management coercion and intimidation. This private ballot protects workers from being fired for making a choice against management and from being blackballed by the union should they vote against the union, and it succeeds. The only reason to strip workers of a private ballot is to allow union organizer coercion from unions to force workers to complete a “Card Check” form in front of the union organizer to form unions – say hello to big Domenic and three fingers Vinnie, your friendly neighborhood union organizers. Remember unions have had management from time to time charged with and convicted of racketeering and other not so nice crimes.
Here is the real story. The Democrats want more unions, because the unions will collect dues of 1% to 2% of the employees pay. These dues will be used to pay union member salaries and as contributions to Democratic political campaigns and Political Action Committees. The Democrats see this as more unions, means more union dues, means more contributions to its candidates. Thus the Democrats are ready willing and able to outright strip today’s workers of the democratic right to a private ballot in a true free choice union organizing election. How democratic of the Democrats to eliminate a secret ballot for a good portion of the membership of their own party who are currently workers in non-union companies. The icing on the cake is the name they gave the Act. It is called the Employee Free Choice Act. How apropos is it that there is no free choice in the Act? We asked for Change and change we will get. The candles on the cake is that this act will not apply to government workers, whom will be working for the democrats.
The Heritage Foundation has studied this Act and produced a number of articles and reports on the matter. The Foundation has determined that “…the EFCA would disenfranchise 105 million American workers, which encompasses more than two-thirds, or 68.8 percent, of the American workforce.” Read the whole report at The Employee Free Choice Act Would Disenfranchise 105 Million Workers.
The word needs to get out on this charade carried on by the Democratic party in power. Come January 20th, 2009, the House with a Democrat majority, the Senate with a possible filibuster majority, and a co-sponsor of the bill in the White House, Barack Obama, will disenfranchise 105 million workers by passing this bill. By removing the secret ballot and encouraging the flourishing of unions without real worker choice, the Democrats will start the march to socialism in this country.