Republicans are well aware that serious consequences accompany the loss of the House and Senate in 2006, and the possibility of losing the White House in 2008. Many may not, however, be fully aware of just how many areas of American life are threatened to be affected. There has been a lot of discussion of the repercussions of Democrat success in November with respect to the issues of taxes, foreign policy, energy policy and the judiciary. There are other issues, though, which have not received as much attention, but are also at risk. One example is the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and the issue of “card check.”
Because John McCain has strongly opposed the EFCA, and since it has become an issue is some key Senate races, it may begin receiving increased attention this fall. Due to the vulnerability of some Republican Senate seats, and the uncertainty of the votes of some Republican Senators, there is a risk of dipping below the 41 vote threshold to prevent passage and for that reason voters should pay close attention to this issue.
Under the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act, if a majority of employees have signed union cards, employers would no longer be able to demand a secret ballot election. Oregonians for Employee Freedom says unions “prefer card check because it means they know exactly how people are going to vote. For anyone who doesn’t agree with joining the union, they are more open to threats, intimidation and undue pressure by other co-workers, union organizers and even their supervisors. Workers can even be visited in their homes by union organizers so that the organizers can “persuade” workers that a union is the right thing to do in their workplace.”