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Unions: Congress Will End Secret Ballot

From a thoroughly unionized Washington Post:

AFL-CIO Says Card-Check Is Imminent

By Alec MacGillis

March 5, 2009

Buttressed by a new statement of support from President Obama, union leaders said today they are confident that the Employee Free Choice Act would be introduced in Congress in the next few weeks and that they had the 60 votes needed to break a Senate filibuster — that is, if Al Franken is seated.

"We’re confident right now that we have majority support," said Bill Samuel, the AFL-CIO’s legislative director, speaking in a conference call from the AFL-CIO’s executive council meeting in Miami. The bill would be introduced in "days if not weeks," he said. "We’ve been engaged in a marathon on this, and now we’re ready to sprint."

The legislation, by far the top priority for organized labor, would make it easier to form unions because it gives workers the option of organizing by having workers sign cards of support, instead of going through secret-ballot elections that labor leaders say can be marked by intimidation by employers. The legislation would require employers to submit to binding arbitration if they were unable to agree to a contract within 90 days after a union’s formation…

In a video-taped statement delivered to the AFL-CIO council meeting this week, Obama made clear that the legislation remained on his to-do list. "As we confront this crisis and work to provide health care to every American, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, move toward a clean energy economy, and pass the Employee Free Choice Act, I want you to know that you will always have a seat at the table," he said…

Samuel said repeatedly that unions are confident that they will have exactly 60 senators on board if Al Franken is finally seated and that they are still hoping to swing a few more senators on board for breathing room…

Notice how the Washington Post spins this incredibly undemocratic and dangerous measure:

The legislation, by far the top priority for organized labor, would make it easier to form unions because it gives workers the option of organizing by having workers sign cards of support, instead of going through secret-ballot elections that labor leaders say can be marked by intimidation by employers.

Even by the lofty standards of the Post, is this not some of the worst Orwellian perversion of language you have ever seen?

The secret ballots has been fought for since the beginning of representative government for the very reason that it makes the voter far less susceptible to intimidation.

But without intimidation these unions thugs would have nothing.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Unions: Congress Will End Secret Ballot”

  1. MinnesotaRush

    Amazing how anyone could be anxious or excited for this kind of violation and invasion of their privacy to take place! Absolutely stunning! And how could any grateful American be for it?!?!

    Quoted from .. “Liberty: Too costly to attain to surrender so easily” – By Dennis Campbell April 10, 2004
    “Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.” —Author Unknown”

    “…[F]rom dependence back again to bondage.” It seems a peculiar trait of many that bondage is more desirable than freedom. As Esau, they are willing to trade their birthright for a bowl of stew.

    Can we today in honesty echo the words of English dramatist Joseph Addison, who said that “A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity in bondage”?”

  2. David

    Well it follows logically, If Al Franken is seated it signifies the end to fair and democratic representation. Might as well push the “change” on down the line.

  3. Reality Bytes

    Ladies n Gentlemen! The California Raisens singing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”…How appropriate can you get?!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSQRGdFJg_4

  4. catie

    Well I guess that’s why Biden’s talk with them is going to be totally off the record with no press there. I am not a fan of unions having had to join one at 15 when I worked at Strack & Van Til grocery store. Those union people just looked greazzy and thuggish to me at 15 (nearly 30 years ago) and they haven’t changed. I think this a very sad day on the road to the disaster that is becoming the USA.

  5. jrmcdonald

    The Unions are what killed GM. We need a national ‘Right to work’ act. What that means is you are not compelled to join the Union if there is one.

  6. bousquem

    I’m just waiting to see the cards be filled out via the ACORN method, have one person fill them all out from a list. Doesn’t matter if you want it, your name will be added. I can also see professions like pharmacy and other office workers being lumped into new unions because a few people want to unionize at a work place and will get the pressure and thugs out to pressure people into it.

  7. curvyred

    So I suppose in their minds intimidation by the union ahem “representatives” is perfectly alright?

    I only worked for a union while I was in high school, at a local grocery store chain. The “senior” cashiers who were making $14 per hour (years ago when the minimum wage was $3 something) would become unhinged if any of us “teenboppers” were given one more scheduled hour then they were. I tried to work as many hours as I could. It was an experience that made me think I never wanted to work for a union again. In addition to the hostility from the ladies, I also had to pay one hour’s wage towards union dues per month.

  8. Right of the People

    I had to join the Musicians Union for our band to play any clubs. The union never did squat for me. The one time a club owner stiffed us, I call the union and complained and was told “Kid, forget about it, it ain’t worth our effort.” by the thug at the other end. I let my membership lapse after that and they came looking for me to be sure I paid up before doing any more gigs. I vowed to never belong to a union again and thirty some odd years later, I never have. We might as well start flying the hammer and sickle if this passes.

    10-7

  9. TickTock

    I hope Obamy fails.

    This is a very good reason to allow guns in the work-place. Folks just need to step up and say “take your communism and stick it!” if approached by any of these toads.

    This will make zillions for the lawyers.

    This must end.

  10. jrmcdonald

    When I was a kid in NY, I was told I had to join the Union to keep my job. I quit and joined the Air Force.

  11. Gladius et Scutum

    May I suggest that everyone download the photo, and use it to scare mis-behaving children? Or would that rise to the level of abuse?

  12. 12 Gauge Rage

    Unions are a prime example of the words from Lord Acton: ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ This latest power grab from the unions is nothing short of totalitarianism. The union heads might think of themselves as the watchmen over the city but who holds the watchmen accountable?

  13. joeblough

    Did anyone here see the Gingrich speech at CPAC.

    If you can find it online, make a point of watching.

    As Gringrich points out, toward the end of his talk, this is probably the most vicious attack on the freedom (and money) of the working man in American history.

    Basically, it makes the unions semi-gov’t organizations, and makes union membership and dues paying, compulsory.

    It means that vast thousands of workers, like-it-or-not will be forced to contribute part of their paychecks to the Democrat political machine, on pain of losing their jobs.

    THIS IS VERY SERIOUS VERY BAD NEWS.

  14. I gave my Chamber of commerce an earful today on how they need to get active to fight crap like this.

    What the hell am I paying dues for anyhow..

    Ah crap.. was going to downsize to the garage anyhow. Employees are a pain in the ass.

  15. Enthalpy

    With this crowd there is no respect for equal opportunity; it’s guarantee of outcome. They’ll try this in the general election next.

  16. BillK

    Maybe next we can eliminate that pesky secret ballot in all other elections too!

    After all, that only allows for “intimidation” of voters via political ads!

    Wouldn’t it be so much better if you could just go down to your local polling place and in front of your neighbors and current elected officials just tell them who you’re voting for?

    Just think, no voter fraud, and no hanging chads!

  17. Perhaps people need to remember the lost lessons of the 1946 Battle of Athens, Tennessee

  18. Barbie

    Gee, do ya think this has anything at all to do with the high unemployment rate? I mean, I know employers are just ABUZZ WITH ANTICIPATION at the thought of unionized employees (sarc) – perhaps they’re sloughing off the excess to save themselves (non-sarc).




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