Anti-Democratic Legislation

Denies Working Americans

Right To A Secret Ballot Vote

On Union Representation


Congress is considering legislation, perversely named the "Employee Free Choice Act," that would deny working Americans the right to a secret ballot vote on union representation.

This blatantly pro-union bill is being pushed by organized labor because the working people of America have demonstrated that they reject unionism when they have access to a secret ballot.

The union's answer to this problem is to replace secret ballot elections with so called "card check" certifications.  Card check union certifications are an insult and injustice to working Americans.

Under a card check certification the union is certified as the monopoly representative of all the employees when a bare majority (fifty percent plus one) sign a union authorization card.

The terrible injustice of card check union certifications is clearly demonstrated by the AFL-CIOís own research.  An AFL-CIO research study on NLRB elections found that when 60 to 75 percent of employees signed cards the union still only won 49 percent of elections.

Research by Kate Bronfenbrenner, a very pro union professor at Cornell University, found that if 70 percent of the employees signed authorization cards the union still only had a 62 percent chance of winning a secret ballot vote.

And, research by Julius Getman, Stephen Goldberg and Jeanne Herman, three labor law professors, found that 28 percent of those who signed union authorization cards opposed the union when they had a secret ballot vote.

Clearly a bare majority of employees signing union authorization cards isnít an accurate indication of support for a union.

But union organizers want card checks because they are an open invitation to use deception and intimidation to get workers to sign authorization cards who would never vote for a union if they had access to a secret ballot.

The House version of the bill, H.R. 800, was railroaded through the U.S. House of Representatives. It was introduced on February 5th. The House Committee on Education and Labor conduced a brief "show trial" hearing on February 14th, and reported the bill on February 16th. It was approved by the full House on March 1, 2007 by a vote of 241 to 185 with 8 not voting.

Action now moves to the U.S. Senate where Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and 46 cosponsors introduced the Senate companion bill, S. 1041, on March 29th.

The only possibility of stopping this blatant Union Boss power grab is a filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

Contacts with U.S. Senators are urgently needed to block this legislation.  You can find the contact information for your U.S. Senators here.

Please tell others about these bills and urge them to join you in opposing them.  Also, please contact the Public Service Research Council to let us know that you have taken action.

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Updated April 9, 2007


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