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Pelosi: We want Card Check ASAP July 30, 2010

Posted by seeineye in : Politics , trackback

by Ed Morrissey

Consider this a little reminder for those who seem to have trouble determining whether Nancy Pelosi is a liberal.  Having Pelosi announce to a union crowd (here it’s the Communication Workers of America) that she supports Card Check is a little like saying water is wet, which is why Joe Sestak made such a fool out of himself with his tapdance on Pelosi’s agenda.  Of course she wants Card Check to become law, and not just for altruistic progressive reasons, either:

Pelosi wants Card Check in order to get unions to increase their membership rolls — and the dues they get to collect. Those dues will mean bigger political contributions, which will mean more money to the Democratic Party.  Had the Senate passed EFCA, Democrats may have already started seeing the money roll into their coffers.

It’s a good reminder of the stakes in the midterm elections.  A big win in the House will mean an end to EFCA, which would have to be reintroduced in the next session of Congress if the Senate takes no action on it.  That’s also a good reminder to be wary of the lame-duck Congress after the midterms, and to keep a close eye on the Senate especially.

Legal recognition of a union has traditionally been achieved through secret ballot elections, in which each worker decides whether or not to support a union in the privacy of the voting booth — just like a person votes for the president or a senator. But unions frequently lose secret ballot elections. So they often bring intense pressure on companies to agree to a “card check” system instead of a secret election.

There’s no reason to subject the workers to an election.
— President Bruce Raynor, UNITE HERE

With card checks, paid union organizers try to persuade workers to sign cards saying that they favor union representation. This persuasion frequently takes the form of harassing visits to workers’ homes, deception, and coercion. As soon as more than 50 percent of the workers in a bargaining unit sign a card, the union can be recognized as the representative of 100 percent of the workers.

We don’t do elections.
— SEIU Local 32BJ leader Mike Fishman

Card check campaigns generally occur in the context of a neutrality agreement, in which the company agrees to not speak to employees about the risks and downsides of union membership. When asked about neutrality agreements versus secret ballot elections in a 2005 Zogby poll, 59 percent of Americans agreed that “employers should be able to provide employees with information about unions and the potential impact of unionizing on their jobs.”

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