Thursday, January 20, 2011

Obama dictates end of secret union ballot

The unions couldn't force an end to secret ballots in representation elections (known as "card check" or Employee Forced Choice Act) through Congress. No problem. Obama will overrule Congress by decree. And his hand-picked National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will take it to court. Right Wing News ... Recently the NLRB announced its intentions to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah because those states had the gal to implement constitutional amendments to their state constitutions guaranteeing that workers have a right to a secret ballot in union elections. With this the Obama administration is moving to deny workers their right to a secret ballot, a right that has been sacrosanct in democracies for hundreds if not thousands of years. Why does Barack Obama want to take away the right to a secret ballot? Because his union pals don't want workers to feel safe voting against a union. How can the Obama administration justify its efforts to eliminate the centuries old right to a secret ballot election? Why, because Obama's regulatory agency wrote a new "rule" that says so, of course. You see the problem as Obama sees it is that Congress has not passed the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) that would take away by law the right to a secret ballot. The reason Congress won't pass it is because our representatives and senators know that their voters don't support this idea. The failure of the EFCA to pass is the one plum that the Obama administration has not been able to give to its funders in Big Labor. So, because Congress won't act, Obama used his power to simply write new regulations to just take away the secret ballot by presidential fiat. And now his NLRB is about to start suing states to push his anti-democratic ideas. So what can we lovers of democracy do? We can call our representatives and tell them to support HR 1176, the Secret Ballot Protection Act. This bill would stop Obama's NLRB from taking way worker's right to a secret ballot. If you want to protect the ages old right to a secret ballot, tell your congressmen to support HR 1176.

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