Today’s Charleston Post and Courier has an excellent editorial against the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act suggesting that Democrats in Congress should heed Former South Dakota Senator and Presidential Candidate George McGovern’s recent appeal to drop their support of anti-worker bill. They wrote:
Mr. McGovern hailed America’s unions — as he has throughout more than half a century as a political figure — for helping to assure fair treatment of workers, build a strong middle class and to assure fair treatment of workers. However, as he accurately warned, the EFCA would treat workers quite unfairly.
“We cannot be a party that strips working Americans of the right to a secret-ballot election. We are the party that has always defended the rights of the working class. To fail to ensure the right to vote free of intimidation and coercion from all sides would be a betrayal of what we have always championed,” he wrote.
That’s a powerful argument from a man who could never be mistaken for a tool of management. Congress should heed Mr. McGovern’s appeal and reject the “undemocratic overreach” of the grossly mislabeled Employee Free Choice Act.