Workers need free choice act

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    from the Toledo Blade letters to the editor.

    Judging by his Feb. 14 column, which mischaracterized the Employee Free Choice Act, Roger R. Geiger could benefit from the perspective of a nonmanagement worker who has actually been through a union-organizing campaign.

    When coworkers at my long-term care facility began meeting to unionize about six years ago, our boss reacted by putting every possible obstacle in our way.

    Despite Mr. Geiger's claim, most union elections bear no resemblance to political elections in a free society. How often in political elections, after all, does one candidate directly control your pay, work schedule, and employment status?

    Workers' free-speech rights are regularly squelched during mandatory, one-sided presentations designed to mislead and frighten. It is patronizing for Mr. Geiger to describe these manipulative, captive-audience sessions as a "courtesy." Employers also practice various forms of economic coercion taken straight out of their union-busting consultants' playbook, including favoritism and empty threats of workplace closure. If those tactics fail, current labor law encourages anti-union employers to use drawn-out appeals so they can delay recognizing the will of their workers indefinitely.

    Contrary to Mr. Geiger's claim, the Employee Free Choice Act does not abolish elections or "secret ballots." Under the proposed legislation, workers get to choose which way we want to unionize: either by elections or majority sign-up. Current law unfairly lets employers make that choice, instead of the workers who are directly involved.

    Studies show the experiences that I've had are typical of what workers undergo during organizing attempts. We need to return fairness to the workplace and true choice to America's workers, which is why Congress should pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

    Karen Kirkwood

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    So, why would a secret vote be a problem?
     
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    Republicans should add an amendment that if secret ballots aren't important, federal and state election voting should be open to the public as well.

    If we abolish the right to secret ballots for union elections...we should abolish secret ballots for all elections.
     
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    Some freedom of choice.

    Imagine 5 or 6 leather jacketed thugs carrying axe handles corner you in the men's room and tell you that you want to join the union.... the or else is understood of course.
     
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    That doesn't happen, those are just old folk tales.....:rolleyes:
     
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    there we go again with the old outdated jimmy hoffa mobster/gangster union fairytale bias...some people will never change opinions I guess!:tongue:
     
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    Union Officials Forced to Agree to New Decertification Election after Workers Complained of Union Intimidation | National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

    SEIU Union Officials Face Federal Prosecution for Illegal Threats against Non-Striking Nurses | National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

    Worker Advocate Praises U.S. Supreme Court Review of Ninth Circuit Ruling Endorsing Coercive Union Organizing | National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

    and the list goes on
     
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    Sarcasm my friend, i was very much agreeing with you .... :cool:
     
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    So why abolish secret ballots?
     
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    sorry, my sarcasm meter is on the fritz today. I am a bit under the weather.
     

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