Submitted By Todd on July 1st at 5:55pm
The Service Employees International Union, a strong supporter of the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, would appear to be having second thoughts on a key provision of the bill — allowing workers to join a union solely on the basis of signing a petition.Under current law, workers make their wishes known in a vote after at least 30% of the workers sign a card saying they support the union. The private ballot that follows the card check process presents a roadblock for organizers, as it makes it hard to intimidate workers. The unions want to have workers sign cards indicating their preference with no private ballot to follow.
Los Angeles Times writer Paul Pringle reports that the SEIU is challenging a rival union’s attempt to represent nearly 100,000 SEIU members. SEIU officials don’t believe the petitions are an accurate representation of what its members want. They want the federal government to throw out petitions signed by those members, which would block an organizing election.How would the unions ever expect Congress to approve such an obvious plan for intimidation... something so contrary to the notion of free choice and fair elections?
The SEIU’s argument for federal intervention is particularly ironic. It maintains that the nearly 100,000 California members who signed cards indicating their wish to be represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers may have been subject to intimidation by NUHW organizers. This is the same reasoning used by opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act. They contend that elections by secret ballot are necessary because workers can be pressured by union activists into signing authorization cards.Because their partners, the Democrats, are in full control of the federal government. And these aren't your father's Democrats, either - these are the new breed - radical descendants of the Communist era, driven underground by the McCarthy crowd and reemerging now at the top of the hill.
The irony isn’t lost on NUHW Vice President John Borsos, who told Pringle, “The SEIU is advocating free choice for every employee in the United States, unless you’re an SEIU member."Now we know how the SEIU really views "Card Check." It's a way to fix elections, they're conceding... something they like when the tool is in their possession, yet they cry foul when it's used by a competitor! There's research to support this assertion, too. When elections are held under the current system, the union often gets fewer votes in private than it collects during the card check process.
The number of cards signed often overstates worker support for a union. Studies have found than many workers who sign cards in front of their co-workers and union representatives end up voting against organizing once in the privacy of the voting booth.The goal of the unions? Undermine the right of workers to free choice by creating a system open to intimidation - one of the standby tactics in the history of the union organizing process. While this measure has been stalled in Congress for representing a level of evil that even many Democrats are unable to support it, the Employees Free Choice Act just got a boost with the victory of Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate election. Says Al on his campaign website.
Not only will I vote for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), I’ll proudly co-sponsor it. This bill would make it easier for employees who want to organize to do so without harassment or intimidation, and would reform a labor relations system currently dominated by corporate interests.You can understand why unions are nervous. Polls indicate Americans have little interest in unions - which makes sense after what the labor did to the auto industry.
Among private sector employees, just 11% belong to a union... Even among those who are worried about losing their jobs in the near future, only nine percent (9%) would like to join a union. All together, 24% of workers either belong to a union or would like to do so.Odd that it's an old liberal like George McGovern, along with, of course, the SEIU, who is providing the voice of reason.
I am sad to say it runs counter to ideals that were once at the core of the labor movement. Instead of providing a voice for the unheard, EFCA risks silencing those who would speak.”