Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Slippery Slope

On December 2 Georgians will vote in the U.S. Senate election. ACORN is back to work along with the unions and B.O. in Atlanta garnering support for the Democratic candidate.
What's at stake in this Senate election? Secret ballots. Unions want to do away with them. B.O. has pledged to pass the card-check bill allowing workers to form a union simply by collecting a majority of cards signed by workers supporting a union within their workplace. Currently, cards are submitted by workers to request union certification and an election takes place under secret ballot voting. The pending bill (Employee Free Choice Act) will no longer require a secret ballot unless at least 30% of workers call for it.
Union leaders prefer to move away from open elections in which employers and unions compete for worker votes. By eliminating secret ballots "It will allow workers to form a union through majority sign up and card checks and strengthen penalties for those employers who are in violation." -B.O.
Take away secret ballots for unionization? What's next?


dmarks said...

I wish there could be an end run around this by making union membership voluntary. The choice of each worker. Then, even if the elections are rigged like the unions want, it won't matter since nobody would be forced to join anyway.

EatYourOkra said...

When unions were first organized they were necessary for things like holding companies accountable for their treatment of employees but now days we have systems like OSHA for that.

Fair wages I agree with but when unions are forcing companies to pay workers way more than what the work is worth, they're shooting themselves in the foot.

dmarks said...

I don't think forced membership was ever necessary. If the union's cause were truly just and necessary, they'd never have a problem getting anyone to join.