The mafioso and Orwellian "Employee Free Choice Act" is being introduced today, and word on the street is that it will sail through the House, but there is some trouble in the Senate.
I call it mafioso because many union bosses and organizers seem to act more like mafia bosses; their actions belying their supposed committments to workers rights. For instance, many people are forced to join unions, otherwise they cannot work in a particular industry or for a particular company. Then those people who are forced to join unions are forced to pay dues to that union. Subsequently, their dues are used for campaigning and supporting candidates that are not necessarily supported by all members. Do the employees who hold opposing viewpoints have the option of not paying that portion of their dues? Of course not. Wow. Real democratic, eh?
I call it Orwellian because this act is anything but free choice for employees. This act will remove the secret ballot option when choosing to unionize or not. How, praytell, does this "restore the freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life" as the AFLCIO argues? Are not secret ballots the cornerstone to freedom and real democracy of any sort? Card check systems mean that the secret ballot system is removed, only to be replaced by the open signing of a card. This will allow intimidation tactics by union bosses eager to organize many other workers in many industries around the country. Why do union thugs want to do this? Dues, dues, dues. Ask yourself why the people running the unions are so wealthy. Ask yourself why they have gold-plated golf courses. Ask yourself what is in it for those union bosses. If they actually cared about workers rights, they would maintain the right to vote in secret, and they would allow union members to subtract that portion of their dues that goes to supporting candidates with which they disagree and do not support. That, my friends, would force them to put their money where their big, fat mouths are.
Besides, we see how well the automotive unions have worked, right? Gosh, those American car companies are doing super fantastic compared to the Japanese auto industry that does not have unionized employees... And in an economic downturn, let's stick it to business even more, right?
Heritage Foundation has a very good piece outlining why/how this legislation actually takes away workers' rights.
Call your senators and your representative today!!! As they say, MELT THE PHONES!! If you don't know who your senators or representatives are, go here for the Senate, and here for the House.
Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121
House switchboard: 202-225-3121
White House switchboard: 202-456-1414
Don't give them a moment's rest! Protect individual rights by securing secret ballots for all!
PS: Just go ahead and program these numbers into your cell phones so that no matter where you are, you can give 'em hell.