In today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, University of Maryland professor Peter Morici says that to fight income disparity you don’t have to throw workplace democracy off a cliff. Focusing on politicians’ payback to Big Labor and the issue of secret ballot elections, Morici writes:
Democrats won control of Congress, in part, by promising to address income inequality. Unfortunately, many seem more determined to help union leaders than address the real problems workers face …
House Democrats have passed the Employee Free Choice Act, which would replace secret ballots for certifying unions with “card check.” Curiously, proponents argue workers in private voting booths are subject to arm twisting that they would not be if offered a signature card by a husky union organizer in the washroom.