McGovern & Heritage Agree: Employee Free Choice Act Light on “Free”


James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation offers his assertion that the proposed Employee Free Choice Act effectively ends worker privacy and hinders their ability to make personal choices regarding union membership. He argues that while EFCA could be a boon to union dues, it would help little else and deliver a crushing blow to worker freedom:

Organized labor’s highest legislative priority is the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA replaces secret ballot elections—the method by which most workers join unions—with publicly signed union cards. While eliminating secret ballots is extremely unpopular, many EFCA support­ers argue that the legislation merely gives workers the choice between organizing using secret ballots or pub­licly signed cards. This argument is false; nothing in the legislation gives workers any control over union organizing tactics. Though EFCA still allows for secret ballot elections under unusual circumstances, stan­dard union organizing tactics ensure that publicly signed union cards will dominate the recognition pro­cess. As a result, the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act effectively eliminates secret ballot elections.

Former Democratic Senator and presidential nominee George McGovern also penned this column for the Wall Street Journal earlier this month:

To my friends supporting EFCA I say this: We cannot be a party that strips working Americans of the right to a secret-ballot election … To fail to ensure the right to vote free of intimidation and coercion from all sides would be a betrayal of what we have always championed.

2 thoughts on “McGovern & Heritage Agree: Employee Free Choice Act Light on “Free”

  1. Exactly. I’m amazed McGovern sees it for what it is – stripping employees of their rights. If employees want to join unions fine. Free Country. But don’t put the choice of joining a union or not when the choice is made while standing next to Tony Soprano.

    Never mind the fact this will greatly benefit Democrat fund raising as union dues are pilfered towards the PAC though accounting shell games and in the end donated to Democrat candidates for public office.

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