NLRB Litigates for Less Freedom

In another demonstration of the overreaching power of the federal government, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is preparing to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah to overturn state constitutional amendments. The state amendments exclude card check as an option for employees to use when choosing to unionize.

The states in passing these amendments attempted to ensure the freedom of employees to a secret vote, when choosing to unionize or not. The amendments passed easily: “Voters passed the amendments requiring elections as ballot initiatives in November, giving 60 percent approval in Utah, 61 percent in Arizona, 79 percent in South Dakota and 86 percent in South Carolina.”

The state amendments were a preemptive action against feared legislation that the Obama administration would enforce card check and take away the freedom of the secret ballot from the employee choosing whether to unionize. The card check option is just part of Big Labor’s policy initiative, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The goal of this legislation is to allow unions to have full access to employees and organize employees without having interference from employers.

As union supporters claim:

By the time employees get to vote, the environment has been so poisoned that free and fair choice isn’t an option. People call the current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election system a secret ballot election-but in fact it’s not like any democratic election held anywhere else in our society. It’s really a management-controlled election process because corporations have all the power. They control the information workers can receive and routinely poison the process by intimidating, harassing, coercing and even firing people who try to organize unions. No employee has a free choice after being browbeaten by a supervisor to oppose the union or being told they may lose their job and livelihood if workers vote for the union. [original emphasis]

This is not the case, employers must have union information posted in break rooms, as well give employees the opportunity to have a secret ballot to decide to unionize or not. Big Labor encourages poisoned environment as long as it is their poison. Unions do not believe employees should have free choice. Unions demand access to employees and that management revoke the right of who they employ and private property rights. They believe it is discrimination if employers choose to let non-profit groups, American Red Cross or Girl Scouts, on to their property and not union officials whose goal is to defame and damage the company. Card check is process which takes away freedoms of American workers and they have voted against it, now we should let that vote count.