My good friend Erick Erickson over at Red State has some trouble wrapping his head around the details of the Employee Free Choice Act:
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.
One of the reasons I adore Erick — he’s all about protecting the"little people."
The bill would remove workers’ rights to a federally supervised private ballot election.
No it doesn’t — H.R. 800 (which Steny Hoyer says will be the base bill) gives workers the right to choose either a secret ballot or majority sign-up. But I’m sure they appreciate Erick’s willingness to take the burden of choice off their shoulders.
Once a majority of employees have signed cards, the union is immediately recognized. State "right-to-work" laws essentially become irrelevant.
"Right-to-work" laws are allowed under a provision of the Taft-Hartley Act which prohibits either membership in a union or paying union dues as a requirement for employment. They are currently in effect in 22 states and even the bill’s conservative foes acknowledge that Employee Free Choice will have no effect whatsoever on right-to-work laws.
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:
Save Our Secret Ballots is a Heritage Foundation/Goldwater Institute project, which is the subject of the "push back" that you can "see here." It has nothing to do with Grover Norquist or the Alliance For Worker Freedom.
What can you say. I love Erick for his body, not his mind.