To the editor of the Seattle Times:
When union representatives approach a worker and ask, “You wanna sign the union card, don’tcha pally?” it takes a lot of courage to say “no.” Only a secret ballot, as current law provides, gives a worker a truly free choice.
UPDATE: Well, this will teach me to blog too quickly. The page I linked to contains several letters blasting the bill that would eliminate secret ballots. Other quotables:
- “I’ve nothing against unions, and was once a proud member of the Newspaper Guild, but what does removing the sanctity of the secret ballot have to do with protecting democracy, or the rights of workers?”
- “Blocking this bill in no way stops workers from organizing unions, it just stops the intimidation of workers who don’t want a union.”
- “I don’t commend today’s Republicans for much, but for preventing passage of the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act,” all freedom-loving citizens should thank them.”