Somehow this election promise of Obama’s has slipped under the radar screen for most Americans: do away with the secret ballot in elections to determine whether a workplace will be unionized, exposing workers to more union intimidation and practically guaranteeing increasing power for unions.
The unions and the Democrats of course disagree with this interpretation of the effect of the law. Please read both linked articles and see which side you think has the better argument.
To me it’s not even close. The legislation is very likely to eliminate the secret ballot not de jure but de facto, and will expose workers to more union intimidation. To understand the issues it helps to read both articles in their entirety, but here’s the money quote:
The EFCA propaganda claims the secret ballot is not being abolished. That is literally true, but what is not said is that the secret ballot would never be called into play as it is clear that unions would almost always be organized by getting a majority of workers to sign authorization cards.
When Obama speaks to unions he’s been promising that if/when he is President this bill will be passed and signed. It’s one of the most consistent pillars of a campaign that seems to mutate on a daily basis.
One reason is that unions have been very good to him and his fellow Democrats, very good indeed. He’s ready to return the favor by signing a bill with the Orwellian-inspired title of “Employee Free Choice Act” (War is Peace!! Ignorance is Strength!! Freedom is Slavery!!) into law after the hugely Democratic Congress of 2009 passes it, which it is likely to do. The only hope to stop it will be if there are enough opponents in the Senate to filibuster.
There’s no question it’s not just Obama but most Democrats in Congress who support passage of this bill. But just to show how far the Democratic Party has moved to the authoritarian Left these days, even George McGovern, once thought an ultra-liberal, has spoken strongly against it. Here he appears in an ad in which he comes down hard on the bill but unfortunately neglects to mention that it has the support of the current Democrat nominee for President, Barack Obama:
I happen to think most Americans would be outraged if they knew this was happening. But my guess is that they don’t.
[NOTE: Here’s a pro-union ad to promote the Employee Free Choice Act that’s three minutes long and yet somehow it never quite gets around to mentioning the controversy over the secret ballot. Pity.]