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Card Check: Unions’ Life and Death Issue

The plan for Democrats and union officials to build a permanent, anti-worker agenda by ending secret ballot elections for working Americans is rolling along — and it will have major policy implications across the board. As we told The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore:

“This is a life and death issue for the unions,” Mr. Berman says. Labor Department records show that unions generally don’t even call for a workplace election unless about 70% of workers sign a card requesting one — yet unions still lose half the elections they hold at work sites, suggesting many workers feel pressured to sign the cards but vote against the union in a secret ballot when they feel safe from retribution. Mr. Berman’s group calculates that the AFL-CIO could double its membership with the new law, generating up to $5 billion in additional union dues, money that could be channeled into supporting Democrats.

If the unions prevail in their card-check powerplay, Mr. Berman predicts it would transform the Congressional dynamics and vote count on a whole litany of issues that labor cares about. “If the card check issue passes,” he argues, “it will be the death of tax cuts, school choice, budget reforms, and more.” For the left, that makes card-check sound like a political panacea. No wonder Democrats are trying to keep this all under wraps.

Categories: Ending Secret Ballots