This week will pretty much be all EFCA, all the time. The special interest bill to deprive employees of a secret ballot vote when they decide to unionize is rearing its ugly head in the Senate. John Fund at the Wall Street Journal‘s Opinion Journal is on the trail:
Unions have a right to participate vigorously in the democratic process, and they take full advantage of it. That’s why it is so jarring to see them support a measure that tampers with the sacred right to use a secret ballot when deciding something as critical as who will speak for people in the workplace.
Indeed, many of the congressional supporters of a card-check law sang an entirely different tune a few years ago about the importance of a secret ballot. In 2001, Rep. George Miller of California, the chief House sponsor of the card check bill, joined Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and 14 other Democratic colleagues in writing Mexican labor authorities that “we feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they might not otherwise choose.” Apparently, a secret ballot is imperative to protect Mexican workers, but on the U.S. side of the border it’s an impediment to Mr. Miller’s domestic political agenda.