Obama Fully Supports Ending Secret Ballot For All Employees–Are Voters Next?–Employee Free Choice Act a.k.a. Card Check is Ballot Check Next?

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“Since when is the secret ballot a basic tenet of democracy?”

~Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President


“…Card checks empower union bosses to force a business’s employees to accept a union as their exclusive bargaining agent solely through the acquisition of signed union authorization cards from employees in a particular bargaining unit. Since union officials themselves keep the signed cards until they obtain the required number, workers have no real privacy rights vis-à-vis Big Labor in this process. And under the watchful eyes of union organizers, workers may be intimidated into signing not just themselves, but all their nonunion fellow employees, over to union-boss control.”

~The National Right to Work Committee


Think Again 

Doing away with the secret ballot in any election is almost unamerican and certainly undemocratic.

Yet President Obama fully supports doing exactly that when it comes to deciding whether your employer’s place of work will become unionized.

President Obama must support this bill to payback the unions, in particular the SEIU or Service Employees Internation Union lead by Andy Stern that contributed massively to his campaign in money , over $60 million and union labor.

With the exception of the Government sector, union membership has been on a steady decline.

Most Americans have no problem with a secret election for employees to vote on a union.

However, most Americans in the private sector  just do not want to be union members and regularly vote unions down when elections are held and ballots are secret.

The SEIU or Service Employees International Union is demanding that Employee Free Choice Act, better known as card check be passes as soon as possible or else.

If passed this bill would in effect eliminate the secret ballot and employees could be easily intimitated to vote or sign up for union representation.

President Obama and the Democratic Party fully support card check.

They know that to get the continued support of the SEIU they must pass the bill.

The American people support secret ballots in elections both for unions and government representation and find card check to be ripe for abuse and intimidation of all employees by union organizers.

The so-called Employee Free Choice Act intentionally misleads the American voter as does President Obama inhis support for this legislation.

The intimidation of employees whether by management or union organizers is reprehensible.

The Employee Free Choice Act or card check should be defeated.

President Obama is paying off the unions for their support in the last election.

Would you like your political election run like card check?

The vast majority of American would say NO!



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Background Articles and Videos


   In 2008, union members accounted for 12.4 percent of employed wage
and salary workers, up from 12.1 percent a year earlier, the U.S.
Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.  The
number of workers belonging to a union rose by 428,000 to 16.1 million. 
In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available,
the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million
union workers.

   The data on union membership were collected as part of the Current
Population Survey (CPS).  The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000
households that obtains information on employment and unemployment
among the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and

   Some highlights from the 2008 data are:

   –Government workers were nearly five times more likely to belong
     to a union than were private sector employees.
   –Workers in education, training, and library occupations had the
     highest unionization rate at 38.7 percent.
   –Black workers were more likely to be union members than were
     white, Asian, or Hispanic workers.
   –Among states, New York had the highest union membership rate
     (24.9 percent) and North Carolina had the lowest rate (3.5 percent).

Membership by Industry and Occupation

   The union membership rate for public sector workers (36.8 percent)
was substantially higher than the rate for private industry workers
(7.6 percent).  Within the public sector, local government workers had
the highest union membership rate, 42.2 percent.  This group includes
many workers in several heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers,
police officers, and fire fighters.  Private sector industries with
high unionization rates include transportation and utilities (22.2 per-
cent), telecommunications (19.3 percent), and construction (15.6 per-
cent).  In 2008, unionization rates were relatively low in financial
activities (1.8 percent) and professional and business services (2.1
percent).  (See table 3.)

   Among occupational groups, education, training, and library occupa-
tions (38.7 percent) and protective service occupations (35.4 percent)
had the highest unionization rates in 2008.  Sales and related occu-
pations (3.3 percent) and farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
(4.3 percent) had the lowest unionization rates.  (See table 3.)


Union paid millions to companies with family ties

An SEIU spokeswoman says there’s nothing improper about the payments.

Labor Department https://cslxwep1.dol-esa.gov/Disclosure/OnlineSR30.jsp?ReportId=LM30 from 2003 through last year show that: …”


By Michelle Malkin 












“…We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama — $60.7 million to be exact — and we’re proud of it,” boasted Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, to the Las Vegas Sun this week. The behemoth labor organization’s leadership is getting its money’s worth. Whether rank-and-file workers and ordinary taxpayers are profiting from this ultimate campaign pay-for-play scheme is another matter entirely. …”



Specter, card check, and the final betrayal

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 14, 2009 04:03 PM

“…Back on March 24, Arlen Specter announced his opposition to Big Labor’s card-check legislation, the “Employee Free Choice Act.” Some conservatives cheered. But as I noted at the time, Specter left the door wide open in his Senate floor statement: “I would be willing to reconsider Employees’ Free Choice legislation when the economy returns to normalcy.”

On April 28, Benedict Arlen made his party switch official. He said he would not change his opposition to card-check, to which I replied: “Snort.”

On May 5, Specter met with the corruptocrats at the SEIU and another union has launched ads pressuring the chameleon to change his colors again.

Presto, change-o, here comes the “compromise” (that’s Specter-ese for sellout): …”



Controversial ‘card check’ bill back for fourth time 

The business community says the bill, which makes it easier for workers to unionize, would be a job killer.

“…Not only does it set terms of employment, work rules, and wages, but an employer is bound by it for two years,” he adds.
A similar bill passed the House on March 1, 2007, by a vote of 241 to 185. On June 26, 2007, it fell nine votes short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster in the Senate.

In both houses, some lawmakers who have sponsored the bill in years past are holding off on their endorsements. Critics say that’s because with enhanced Democratic majorities on Capitol Hill, the bill has a real chance of passing this year – and sponsors will take heat for its consequences.

“I’m just waiting for it to unfold in committee and see what it looks like when it hits the floor,” says Sen. Mark Pryor (D) of Arkansas, who backed the bill in the last Congress.

“When business groups contact me in Arkansas, I listen to them just as I do to unions. My sense is we can find common ground on this, but we’re not just there yet,” he adds.

Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine, a GOP moderate who has helped broker many of the bipartisan deals in the Senate, says that she is opposing this bill because it does not guarantee a secret ballot to ensure that workers will be protected from intimidation – and because it gives government too heavy a hand in contract negotiations. The binding arbitration provisions in the bill “would be the most significant change in labor law in decades, and I think it’s ill advised,” she says. …”



Forced-Unionism Abuses Exposed

The facts Big Labor bosses would rather you didn’t hear about

“…The best-known provision in the “Employee Free Choice Act” would rewrite federal labor

law so that union officials could, without the employer’s acquiescence, secure monopolybargaining

power over all the front-line employees at a business solely through the acquisition of

signed “union authorization cards.”

Over the years, labor-law scholars, federal courts, and even union organizing manuals have

all recognized the fact that many employees who sign such cards do not actually want a union as

their monopoly-bargaining agent. They sign for a host of other reasons: to get union organizers

off their backs, to expedite an election so the union organizing campaign will end soon, or even

because they have been threatened.

That’s why union officials like Mr. Stern are so eager to mandate “card checks”: so that

workers who oppose unionization, but sign “authorization cards” for one reason or another,

never get a chance to vote “No” in a secret-ballot election.


Crossing The Line

Fred Ross Jr.

“…For the past ten years I have worked for SEIU, most recently leading a campaign to organize 9,000 healthcare workers at St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) hospitals across California. I was drawn to SEIU because of its commitment to social justice, including its inspiring Justice for Janitors campaign, its successful work on behalf of homecare workers, its leadership on immigrant rights, and its innovative strategies to hold corporations accountable. I have been an organizer since 1970, when I first started organizing with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (UFW). I know a little bit about struggle and the terrible cost of internal union conflicts. I’ve been shot at by a supermarket security guard, knocked unconscious by a Coachella Valley grape grower, and survived a heated confrontation with the Salvadoran military.

This is why SEIU’s recent attacks on UNITE HERE have come as such a shock. I am deeply disappointed that SEIU president Andy Stern is financing and helping staff a disruptive attack on the leaders and members at UNITE HERE around the country — the worst instance of a union undermining another union since the Teamsters sought to undermine Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the late 1960s and 1970s. Last month I decided to leave SEIU, in part because of these attacks.

Over the past six weeks, a number of longtime friends and allies from the UNITE HERE leadership have asked me to join them in their current struggle. Let me tell you why I am proud to support the courageous members and leaders of UNITE HERE. …”



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