“I owe those unions ... When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don’t mind feeling obligated.”-- President Barack Obama “The Audacity of Hope”
You’ve likely heard of the “card check” battle now going on in Congress. This is one of those once-in-a-generation battles Right to Work supporters have faced in the past.
Card check organizing eliminates the secret ballot for union organizing elections and replaces it with an abuse-ridden process in which the votes of workers are made public to union organizers.
The threat of passage of card check forced unionism legislation – fraudulently named the “Employee Free Choice Act” – is becoming greater by the day.
Why are the union bosses fighting so hard for card check?
Because associating with a union -- and Big Labor’s job killing, economy crushing agenda -- has never been less popular with American workers.
The union bosses know that American workers increasingly reject union “representation” when they have a choice.
The union bosses desperately want new members. They need a massive influx of new dues revenue to pay for their financially troubled pension funds and for their ever-more-costly and ambitious political activities.
But they can’t get these workers into their ranks anymore through the less-abusive secret ballot election.
The union bosses’ only option is a dramatic expansion of their coercive power. They must force employees into union ranks.
You should also know card check legislation is only one step in the union bosses’ plan to fully exploit their new political clout. Big Labor is also pushing to...
- ... force companies to fire workers who worked during a strike – something companies have not been compelled do for 70 years.
- ... blacklist employers and employees from all federal contracts unless they unionize or agree to allow card check unionization drives.
- ... raise taxes on companies that insist on defending employees’ access to a secret ballot election.
- ... force police and firefighters across the nation to be unionized -- opening the door for strikes that hold vital public services hostage.
- ... promote the establishment of “mini-unions,” small cells of workers who don't represent a majority but who could force an employer to bargain with them over pay and benefits.
- ... repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, thereby eliminating all 22 state Right to Work laws that make union affiliation voluntary – the cornerstone of workplace freedom in America.