My Turn, Your Turn: Employee Free Choice Act of 2009

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Nearly 75 years ago, American workers successfully fought for the right to a confidential ballot in union elections, but legislation has been introduced that would deny workers their hard fought right to the secret ballot and replace it with a "Card Check" system that allows a union to organize if a majority of employees simply sign a card.

This would allow employees' signatures to be made public to the employer, the union organizers and their co-workers.

If this passes, workers are put in the position of having to make an open declaration, for or against, the union.  That's not good.  Why should we subject these people to pressure tactics and also force them to declare openly a pronouncement most would rather keep to themselves?

Thanks to a confidential vote - the way it is now - if you are on the losing side of an election, you don't have to worry about retribution from the union or employer.

It's interesting to note this bill is being called the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009.  But it appears to me to strip away one of the basic tenets of democracy - the secret ballot.  Free choice?  I don't think so.  Pressured choice might be more like it.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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