Democrats introduced The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), or card check, bill yesterday.  That is the legislation that would make union organizing easier by getting rid of the secret ballot requirement when employees are deciding whether they want to join a union.

There is a lot of business opposition to it, as you can imagine, and union leaders want the government to enforce its mandate for bipartisanship:  The Union Cudgel
Big Labor gets nasty on ‘card check.’

Big Labor’s drive to eliminate secret ballots for union elections has united American business in opposition, so labor chiefs are putting on the brass knuckles: The new strategy is to threaten companies with government retaliation if they don’t stop lobbying against turning U.S. labor markets into Europe.

We wrote on February 13 about the letter from the labor consortium Change to Win to the Financial Services Roundtable, demanding that banks receiving Troubled Asset Relief Program money keep quiet about union “card check.” To its credit, the banking lobby hasn’t backed down. Now Big Labor is escalating, demanding in a February 23 letter to Secretary Timothy Geithner that Treasury muzzle the companies if they won’t muzzle themselves.

One aspect of the legislation that doesn’t get as much attention as the secret ballot is the fact that the new rules would give the government the power to impose contracts on businesses and employees:

The misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) does more than effectively eliminate workers’ rights to a secret ballot vote on joining a union. Section 3 of EFCA gives government officials the power to impose contracts on workers and firms. Government bureaucrats would set compensation and make most major business decisions at newly unionized companies. The bureaucrats writing these proposals would have no expertise in the company’s operations or business model and would be unaccountable if their decisions drove the company into bankruptcy. Workers would lose all say over working conditions. EFCA would effectively create government-run workplaces.

There’s a lot of political payback involved, too. Democrat sponsors cash in to the tune of $1.7 million each in union campaign donations.

There’s a lot going on, and none of it has anything to do with a worker’s freedom to choose.  Whoever named that bill should be sued under the truth in advertising laws.

You can express your feelings about this issue to your Senators here and your Representative here.

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