Coercion has no place in votes to form unions

  • Article by: John Kline
  • Updated: January 15, 2009 - 4:48 PM

A recent article characterized the debate surrounding legislation that would make it easier to form unions in the workplace as a question of survival — a business’s need to control operating costs vs. a union’s fight to stave off dwindling membership. While the reporting and facts were straightforward and accurate, the piece missed what is perhaps the most significant element of the "card check" controversy: the consequences of this bill on democracy and workers’ rights.

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comradeJan. 15, 09 5:06 PM

Abolishing secret ballot is blatant facism. It's disgraceful that any organization would be so blatant in suborning the basic right of voting in secret. There is no other explanation for this provision other than to provide the unions with a means to bully people in the workplace and don't think it doesn't happen already without the so called card check rule. Passing this law would be a slap in the face to anyone who believes in this country's most basic rights and freedoms.

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joeeeeeeJan. 15, 09 5:14 PM

If that is the case then busineses have no reason to oppose union organization by their employees. Why do busineses fight tooth and nail to deny unions for their employees?

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comradeJan. 15, 09 5:14 PM

The card check provision is so blatantly undemocratic that you have to wonder about the mentality of those who champion it's passage. To take away the right to vote in private is a basic right that helps preserve democracy itself. This card check rule only serves those who want to bully and intimidate others. Shame on those people.

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BigPeteJan. 15, 09 5:54 PM

The funny thing is peopel whine about Bush undermining the Constitution. Let's see, the Employee Free Choice Act, the Fairness Doctrine, redistribution of wealth, Acorn messing with the electoral process, the continuing socialization of the economy and Obama hasnt even taken office yet. I wont even get into how he is now adopting Bush's Iraq, Afghanistan, and war on terror detainee policies. The old saying is true "If it wasnt for double standards, Liberals would have no standards"

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zertboyJan. 15, 09 9:35 PM

The coercion and intimidation I felt when co-workers tried to organize was equally matched (if not exceeded) by my employer trying to keep the union out. I'm not pro or anti union but I do feel that American workers are losing ground.

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dandanJan. 15, 0910:29 PM

The alternative, the SQ where it's nearly impossible to organize the vote in the first place due to coercion by corporations, isn't working. If anything, this legislation would protect Americans from true fascism.

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travisormsbyJan. 15, 0910:35 PM

Rep. Kline, I must have missed that bill you sponsored to prevent employers from holding captive audience meetings to spread anti-union propaganda. I must have also missed your support on any bill that would have increased penalties for employers found to have violated the NLRA. It must have completely passed me by how you publicly advocated for actual enforcement of existing laws preventing business from terminating employees who attempted to organize unions. Oh, wait. You didn't do any of those things? You mean you're just another anti-union hypocrite who is completely disingenuous about your motives for opposing card-check? I suppose that's bad for your argument then, isn't it? Good for me though. I was beginning to think I'd lost all my powers of observation.

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wisdom7Jan. 16, 09 8:35 AM

Memo to Strib editors: Ah, I think The One might actually support the "Employee Free Choice Act." I think you had better reconsider. Please fall in line. We musn't fail His Greatness.

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jasperu2Jan. 16, 09 8:59 AM

sympathetic to this legislation can defend it is by attacking the messenger with an opposing viewpoint then I suspect they are being less than honest about their motives in support it. I am one who actually supports union organization for those who wish it but this legislation is Un American and should be defeated in congress.

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rdeankJan. 16, 09 9:45 AM

John Kline's attempt to link the secret ballot to the end of slavery and the voting rights struggles of African Americans is a blatant misrepresentation of history. The movement to the secret ballot came after reconstruction and coincided with the disfranchisement of African Americans that began in the 1870s. I hope this was ignorance on Representative Kline's part and not a purposeful misrepresentation of history in an attempt to link Republican anti-unionism to the civil rights movement of African Americans.

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