Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Obama Thanks Unions: Employee Free Choice Act Is Coming; 75% Of Union Members Oppose the Bill

Killing Us Softly With Card Check!

"I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, and to my administration, labor unions are a big part of the solution. We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests – because we cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement. "

--President Obama 3/3/09 addressing AFL-CIO Union leaders.

The Wall Street Journal reports: into the heart of American businesses.

President Barack Obama told AFL-CIO union leaders Tuesday in a videotaped address that the controversial Employee Free Choice Act will pass, signaling his full backing for legislation that makes union organizing easier.

"We will pass the Employee Free Choice Act," President Obama told more than 100 top labor officials in a closed-door meeting at the labor federation's winter gathering in Miami, according to people at the meeting.

The bill would make it easier for unions to recruit workers because it would let them join unions simply by signing cards rather than through secret-ballot elections in which companies can campaign against the union. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations have been campaigning against the legislation.

Business groups say they will intensify their lobbying against the bill as it is introduced. Randel Johnson, vice president of labor policy for the Chamber of Commerce, said the group will focus its heaviest lobbying efforts on senators in about seven states, and that an endorsement of the bill by a small number of companies "would not affect the political dynamic," because employer opposition to the bill is "overwhelming."

(Hat Tip: Jammie Wearing Fool)

Obama is ignoring the fact that three-quarters of union members oppose this legislation.

But since when have Socialists ever believed that we know better than Mother Government. No, no, no! Government is the answer, remember?

In polling conducted for CDW in January by McLaughlin & Associates, nearly three-quarters (74%) of union households were opposed to the card check provisions in the Employee Free Choice Act. An overwhelming 88% of union households believed that a worker's vote should be kept private during a union organizing election, and 85% of union households believed that a secret ballot election is the best way to protect the individual rights of workers when they are deciding whether to join a union.

"The American people, including rank and file union members, are strongly opposed to card check because it will strip away worker privacy and put our economy at greater risk," said Brian Worth, the chairman of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. "The Obama Administration would be wise to rethink its support of card check instead of blindly following the wishes of Big Labor."

Indeed, as Heritage states:
The ability to vote in privacy with a secret ballot is a fundamental American right. It is a right that some in Congress now want to take away from American workers. The Employee Free Choice Act would strip workers of their right to vote on joining a union. Instead workers would be required to publicly sign a card in front of union organizers, leaving them vulnerable to threats, harassment, and abuse. It would also require companies to go to binding arbitration. This would lead to massive government wage setting in the economy while taking away newly unionized workers ability to vote to ratify collective bargaining agreements.

But we all know this is just a big power grab and "thanks" from Team Obama for Union campaign contributions.

Keep The Change, America! This is more politics as usual!

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