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Franken’s Enablers Stumble Into the Truth


One of the lefty blogs that spends its time rationalizing Al Franken’s bizarre behavior and issue positions, has actually stumbled into the truth.

In their effort to pick up on Franken and the Democratic Party claim that we and Senator Coleman are “lying” about EFCA, they capture Norm giving a spot-on, darn-near-perfect description of EFCA and the people behind it.

Far from “lying” about EFCA, Senator Coleman cuts through the clutter and the liberal weasel words and gets to the heart of the matter.  There is no honest analyst or observer who can deny that EFCA will take away the guarantee of a private ballot in a union organizing election. 

The unions know why they want to eliminate the private ballot.  In fact, Joe Hansen, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, accidentally let the truth slip out in 2006 when he admitted about private ballot elections “we can’t win that way anymore.”  With declining membership rolls and the corresponding dues money, this goes right to the heart of the unions’ political power.

For goodness sakes, way back in 2001, sixteen Democratic Congressmen, including Minnesota’s own liberal icon Martin Olav Sabo, wrote Mexican labor authorities, encouraging them to have private ballot voting instead of any signature collection method, saying: “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.” Every signer of this letter still in Congress (a few have retired) supports the Employee Free Choice Act.  These people know better–that signing a card isn’t the same as a National Labor Relations Board supervised election!

No amount of spinning or dissembling by Franken, the Democrats, or his enablers in the press and the lefty blogosphere can erase the fact that EFCA eliminates the right of workers to a private ballot election, a right supported by 95% of Minnesotans, by the way. 

Union Organizers, not workers, will choose how workplaces are organized.  I’m guessing they won’t be selecting the private ballot very often, since they’ve spent a bunch of time, effort, and big, big money trying to get Card Check passed into law so they don’t have to use the private ballot. 

When in their history have unions spent millions to get new power and then not used it?

Maybe if Franken writes another “Lying Liars” book, he’ll have to include a chapter on himself, his union pals, and the lefty bloggers, and their efforts to deceive their way to passing EFCA.

Categories: Ending Secret BallotsMinnesotans for Employee Freedom