That’s no longer a worry, though. Employers don’t hammer out deals with action teams, they just work together to make the business more profitable. Employee involvement programs don’t replace unions or keep workers from organizing if they choose to.
But choice is the key component, and some in Congress are eager to take the country in the wrong direction here, too.
Take the ironically named Employee Free Choice Act. It would actually endanger a right millions of American workers enjoy: the right to choose whether to join a union.
This law would replace the secret ballot -- a simple vote, like the one millions of Americans will cast this fall for president -- with a system of card checks. If union organizers could pressure enough workers to publicly sign a card saying they want to join a union, a company would be unionized. Union organizers and other pro-union employees could easily intimidate undecided workers -- hardly giving them a fair choice.
This makes no sense. The right to a private vote is fundamental in any fair election. Workers should retain the right to vote -- without pressure from management or big labor -- on whether to organize.
Globalization has shrunk the world, and the fight for customers is more intense. This Labor Day, it’s worth remembering that we need to update our labor laws if we want to compete in the modern era. If we don’t, too many American companies are sure to be left, in Franklin’s phrase, hanging.