What is union card check and why should you care?

Union card check, as presented in the dubiously named “Employee Free Choice Act”, is pretty scary stuff for both workers and entrepreneurs alike. The legislation would primarily do two things:

  1. Allow organized labor establishment at any business, regardless of size, with a simple majority. In other words, unionization could be forced on a small business owner if he had only two employees and they both voted to unionize. Additionally, card check legislation would allow the employees to unionize without the employer’s knowledge; the business owner would not know his business was being unionized until it was too late. Additionally, this scheme would force workers who did not wish to unionize to join the union or face retribution.Should card check legislation pass, the risk to entrepreneurs may be so great that they may choose not to hire any employees at all. What this could mean for outsourcing and lost job creation is anyone’s guess. In a recession, the last thing we need to do is stifle entrepreneurship with heavier burden on job creators.
  2. Card check eliminates the secret ballot. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that the probability for worker abuse and retribution is quite high once the right to a secret ballot is removed. If a secret ballot is such a bad idea, why is it the basis of our democracy?Under proposed card check legislation, workers would write their names on open and public ballots to vote pro-union, making it very easy for unions to identify and pressure those who are against unionization to join up or be forced out of their jobs.

Frankly, unions are bad for our economy for the simple fact that they remove the common-sense application of merit-based pay. I do not know about you, but I prefer to be paid for the unique value that I bring to an organization. Unionization, on the other hand, forces a regimented compensation that includes the least valuable and productive in an organization. Thus, those worth the most actually end up earning less as a result of the dead weight that tags along.

If you would like to learn more about card check legislation and the negative impact it will have on our economy, I encourage you to listen to Matt Brouillette this Saturday, March 20 on WHP 580AM at 8am. From the show announcement:

With the introduction of the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” in Congress last week, organized labor is looking to cash in on its political investments in the Obama campaign. This week, Matt will look at the “Card Check” legislation and its impact on workers’ rights in America.

Rick Smith, a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Vice-President of the International Labor Communications Association, will make the case for abolishing the secret ballot and mandatory arbitration. Kevin Shivers, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, will discuss why “Card Check” is bad for the economy, bad for business, and bad for employees.

If you are not able to catch the show live, you can listen to the show on-demand at TheBOXprogram.com immediately after it airs each and every Saturday.

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