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Fighting Card Check at the State Level

With the left taking over, there are a lot of bills that will be introduced, and unfortunately passed, that threaten our way of life. However, perhaps the most damming is the Orwellian named Employee Free Choice Act (known as Card Check).
 
This bill will take away numerous rights and protections currently afforded to workers employed at companies where unions are actively seeking to organize. The bill would remove workers’ rights to a federally supervised private ballot election. Instead, workers would be asked to sign cards in front of organizers and colleagues, potentially subjecting them to harassment or intimidation. Once a majority of employees have signed cards, the union is immediately recognized. State “right-to-work” laws essentially become irrelevant.
 
With Big Labor giving over 600 million this past election cycle, they are going to want something in return – and that something is to take away the Democratic right to private secret ballot.
 
Our friends at the Alliance for Worker Freedom, a organization founded by Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist in 2003 to combat anti-worker legislation and promote free and open markets is leading a state-based grassroots charge against this assault. Of course, they are immediately met with push back as you can see here:
 
http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/efca/against_list.cfm#_edn5
 
http://www.seiu.org/2009/01/yet-another-corporate-front-group-save-our-secret-ballots.php
 
http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/efca/against.cfm
 
I spoke with Brian Johnson, AWF’s executive director and he said this is the type of thing they expect. “This clearly means we are doing something right,” said Johnson. As a former Bush-Cheney ’04 state campaign leader, Johnson understands the importance of grassroots activism. “The unions wanted to keep this fight, and their money, concentrated on Washington. But when we take this to the states, they have to spent a million dollars explaining why they want to take this right away.” He continues, “Plus, if we are successful and Nebraska or Pennsylvania pass this resolution urging their federal representatives to oppose EFCA, then Nelson and Specter have to go back home and explain why they support this measure; if that is indeed their position.”
 
AWF plans to target at least 20 states and are well on their way. South Carolina was the first state to do this last week.

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