Bandow: Card Check, Bad & Secret Ballots, Good

Doug Bandow, Bastiat scholar in free enterprise at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and vice president of policy for Citizen Outreach, discusses card check and the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 on the

Bandow explains that when it comes to recruiting new members to the union, union activists feel it is OK to routinely intimidate workers. Bandow references multiple instances of intimidation especially:

a 1996 case, a union activist went up to another employee and “allegedly stated that the employee had better sign a card because if she did not, the union would come and get her children and it would also slash her car tires,” according to the National Labor Relations Board.

He continues to argue that there is little that can be done to stop future threats. Bandow explains that labor unions desire card check recognition. Why? Simply because

It’s a lot easier to browbeat 50 percent plus one of the employees to publicly sign a card than to get the same number to vote for the union in a secret ballot. Employees often sign to avoid union pressure, including threats against their children.

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