Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

2008 Most Decertified Union Award

Union Free America has voted for its most decertified union of the year award, and the Teamsters are the big winner.  This is obviously a tongue-in-cheek honor by the anti-union organization.  However, the numbers are quite telling.

The judging was based on an analysis of the reports of election results on the National Labor Relations Board’s web site for the period August 2007 through July 2008.  During that time the NLRB conducted 330 decertification elections.  Employees seeking to rid themselves of a union won 201, or 61 percent of them. 

New unions are being certified at a slower rate, and some would argue that this is because unions are unfit and outdated in a free-market, capitalist society that provides government oversight and laws to protect workers.  However, DEcertifications cannot be argued.  Growing numbers of workers that are already IN unions wanting to get OUT is a crystal clear sign that unions aren’t always in workers’ best interests, as Big Labor would have you believe. 

So Big Labor is rallying its loyal Democrat troops from the US House and the Senate to support the bill, and is working at a break-neck pace this election cycle to add pro-union lawmakers so they can pass the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act in the next Congress.  This act will make it easier to unionize by removing the private ballot from union elections, and thus streamlining union organization and effectively legalizing union intimidation of workers through “card-check”.  

Tell your elected officials to vote NO on EFCA.  Workers are getting out of unions at a record pace for a reason, and the unions don’t need to prop their numbers up by promoting intimidation of workers, removing private ballot elections, and certifying new unions that workers neither want nor need.


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