Card Check The Height Of Intimidation – Unions Want To End Secret Ballot

In 2001, in a letter to Mexican officials in the Puebla region, sixteen Democratic Congressmen urged the officials not to adopt card-check legislation, saying “…we feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they might not otherwise choose.” Names appearing on that letter included Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and Rep. William Coyne (D-PA).

They were right then. They are dead wrong now.

Since that letter was penned a mere seven-and-a-half years ago, fourteen of its signers have flip flopped on the issue, and have signed on as co-sponsors of the deceptively-titled “Employee Free Choice Act” (also known as “card check”), a bill that would effectively overturn secret-ballot union elections in the United States. What should we say then? Have these 14 Congressmen had a recent conversion? Have they seen the light? Perhaps they had a change of heart. Perhaps.

Perhaps they sacrificed truth for power.

The truth is that these fourteen Democrats are trying to sacrifice the protection of the American worker and are giving in to the demands of big labor, which contributed more than $60 million to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle alone. By claiming that the Employee Free Choice Act will “…level the playing field for workers and employers and foster economic growth for America’s middle class,” these fourteen Congressional Democrats have abandoned their principled stance of 2001 and now advocate public ballots in union elections.

So which is it? Is the secret ballot “absolutely necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated,” or has it become an outmoded, outdated, irrelevant practice in the seven-and-a-half years since this letter was written? Of course not! Would you like to go to the voting booth with labor bosses standing over your shoulder, ensuring that you make the “right” choice? Should free people be intimidated into joining a labor union that “they might not otherwise choose?” The answer is obvious. The secret ballot has been a central tenet of civil governance since well before the inception of our own magnificent republic. To do away with it now would be tantamount to legislative malpractice.

In 2001, sixteen Congressional Democrats took a principled stand against card check. Only eight years later, the fourteen who remain in Congress (two of the signers retired before the 109th Congress) have changed their tune. Every one of these Congressmen was chosen by a secret ballot. If it’s good enough for them, it ought to be good enough for the hard-working men and women of this country.

Their hypocrisy is stunning.

So let’s call our legislators, especially its co-sponsors here in Iowa: Congressmen Leonard Boswell, Bruce Braley, Dave Loebsack and Senator Tom Harkin, and tell them to let us keep our free, un-intimidated choice.


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