Organized labor, along with many Democrats in Congress, have made the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), or “card check” bill, a top priority and are persuading candidates to pledge their support. EFCA would give organized labor an unfair advantage in union organizing at the expense of both employees and employers.House Republicans are effectively blocking this bill at the moment, but President Obama and organized labor remain committed to implementing the changes, and are pushing portions of the bill through the regulatory process, despite Congressional opposition.
The so-called Employee Free Choice Act, or “card check,” would strip away the right of 140 million U.S. workers to a federally supervised private-ballot election when deciding whether or not to unionize.
Under the card check system, union organizers would only have to gather signed authorization cards from a majority of the workers to claim union representation. Without the private ballot, workers who were intimidated or coerced into signing authorization cards would not have the ability to change their vote in private. The workers’ votes are made public to the employer, union organizers, and coworkers. While the secret ballot election option would technically remain available, it would likely never be utilized, since union organizers would greatly prefer the card-check option and the high-pressure tactics it allows.
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All workers, in every industry, deserve the fundamental American right to a federally supervised private-ballot election. This right is guaranteed when they vote in political elections; there is no reason why they should surrender this right in the workplace. The secret ballot election must be preserved as the primary method of organization to protect workers from undue pressure from employers and unions.