So why would Congress want to rob workers of this fundamental right, especially when polls show the bill is extremely controversial among the American public? The answer is a staple part of old Washington politics: special interest groups.
Organized labor has long been one of the Democratic Party’s biggest allies and contributors. And it is no surprise why organized labor is so supportive of card check – they, not American workers, would be the chief beneficiaries of the bill.
For years, organized labor has struggled to find its place in a fast-moving, modern economy. Unions’ popularity peaked in the 1950s and has decreased ever since. It’s not for lack of trying. Too many workers have simply voted against unionization. Organized labor’s response then is not to win people over to their position, but to get rid of the elections entirely. The move reeks of desperation.
Certainly workers have the right to freely unionize. That has long been an important right of American workers. But they also have the right to a free and fair election. President Obama had promised a change from Washington’s business as usual. But this legislation is an important reminder that there are worse things than business as usual in American politics: there is stripping American workers of one of the central rights to vote their conscious free from coercion and in privacy. That is exactly what the Employee Free Choice Act would do, and why anyone who supports American workers should stand up to this undemocratic piece of legislation.