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June 23, 2010

Organized labor knows it will be more difficult for the card check bill to get serious consideration in the next Congress, since Republicans are expected to pick up seats in both the House and Senate.  Because card check is labor's number one priority, expect union supporters in Washington, from President Barack Obama to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to breathe new life into the bill, says the Birmingham News. 

The card check bill, misnamed the "Employee Free Choice Act," offers nothing like free choice.  As originally written, the bill would allow a simple majority of employees at a company to unionize simply by signing a card saying workers wanted a union.  There would be no secret ballot election to decide whether workers approved, says the News: 

  • Big labor likes this because workers will often go along with asking for a union vote since they know they are free to vote against the union through the secret ballot.
  • Card check would take that secret ballot away. 

This bill is bad news for business -- and for workplaces where unions have had a difficult time organizing.  Alabama's growing automobile manufacturing industry is an example.  From time to time, organized labor has tried to unionize Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Honda in Alabama, but efforts have thus far failed.  With the low threshold offered by the card check bill, that could change, says the News. 

With unions continuing to lose membership, they should be investigating what they're doing wrong instead of trying to change the rules so drastically that they get an unfair advantage, says the News. 

Source: Observers, "Unions still pushing for card check bill," Birmingham News, June 22, 2010. 

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