After a month in complete control of the federal government, Democrats in Congress and the White House have quickly dispensed with any notion that we have entered into a new post-partisan era of governance. Their campaign claims of wanting to govern inclusively were greeted with optimism by the more gullible among us. However, their recent actions leave no doubt as to their true intentions. They will push through whatever they want whenever they want. The minority party need not participate.
Their first order of business was the wasteful $787 billion economic stimulus bill, rushed through Congress with no Republican votes in the House and three in the Senate. Now they are eager to tackle such controversial and partisan measures like the Fairness Doctrine and card check. And, while the president has recently signaled his opposition to the Fairness Doctrine, card check is an entirely different matter.
Euphemistically called the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), card check is anything but. In fact, some may say it is a bit Orwellian.
Further, the measure is a huge political payback to the Democrats’ loyal supporters in organized labor. If passed, it will give big labor the unchecked ability to swell its ranks with new dues paying members.
Here is how it works.
For several decades, employees have enjoyed the right to join a union by voting on the issue with a secret ballot. EFCA would dramatically alter the system of voting on the union question. Rather than casting secret ballots, workers would be asked to sign authorization cards expressing their desire to join a union. These cards would be signed in the open, without the benefit of privacy. The legislation also imposes penalties on employers who illegally interfere with organization drives. On the other hand, there are no penalties for labor unions for illegal interference.
Union bosses say the current system favors employers who want to prevent unionization, and they argue this legislation restores the freedom of workers’ to join a union. They also claim employers intimidate their workers when a unionization process begins.
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