Voters in four states voting to preserve secret ballots in union elections 

The Wall Street Journal notes that voters in four states have a chance to preserve secret ballots in union elections:

Big Labor’s dream to end secret ballots in union organizing elections has faded in the 111th Congress, but now the battle turns to the states. Citizens in Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah will vote on November 2 on ballot initiatives to block union “card check” elections in their states.

Card check laws are designed to replace elections with a system allowing a union to organize a work site if more than half of the employees sign a card approving the union. With less than 7.5% of private workers now wearing the union label, labor chiefs view card check as a way to give them a big new edge over management.

Workers often vote differently in private than they do in public. Unions typically wait until they have cards from more than 50% of employees before seeking to organize a work site or business. Management can then request a secret vote under current law. And in about one third of the cases in which secret ballot organizing elections are then held, unions fail to get a majority, according to the National Right to Work Foundation. Card check exposes workers and their families to peer pressure and union intimidation.

The WSJ also notes that card check legislation is a very real possibility in the upcoming lame duck session, as I also noted earlier this week. Note that card check is really just a back door way of trying to recruit new businesses to bailout failing union pension plans with threaten unions’ very survival, and union failure could further deprive Democrats of a major source of their campaign cash.

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