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America’s Mayor: Card Check is Unfair

Except for some politicians looking for a helping hand from Big Labor, few people like the attempt to end secret ballot elections for employees deciding whether to join a union. Former New York City mayor and current presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani weighed in when he stopped by CNBC’s Kudlow & Company on March 26. Here’s an excerpt of the interview:

MR. KUDLOW: Another quick regulatory issue — the union movement now wants to end the secret ballot for organizing companies and put in its place a card check program. Mr. Jack Welch was on this show, who’s very much against it. He said it would enormously damage American competitiveness. Your thoughts on this card check.

MR. GIULIANI: I find it very, very hard when I listen to Democrats, you know, talking about their interest in democracy and the right to vote, and they want to take away this sacred right from employees in making a decision about whether they should be members of the union. Well, why shouldn’t they have a right to a secret ballot? That’s probably the most honest, that’s the most traditional way of doing it. That’s the way we do it when we elect public officials. And if they want to have a union, God bless them. If they want to have a union, that should be their free choice. If they don’t want to have a union, that should be their free choice. And there should be no intimidation involved in it where it has to be done publicly where people can pressure them, and people can put a lot of undue pressure on them.

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