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Labor Won’t Use Secret Ballot Under EFCA

The Maine Chamber of Commerce’s Peter Gore contributed an op-ed this weekend to highlight the flaws with EFCA.

Among the long list of EFCA’s shortcomings, Gore shoots down the labor-perpetuated myth that the secret ballot will continue to be utilized if EFCA is passed.

The legislation’s supporters have suggested that workers will get to decide whether to have an election that will protect the privacy of their vote. The fact is: It is not the choice of the workers; it’s the union organizers who decide.

And you can bet that the organizers will always choose the EFCA way.

And why wouldn’t they? It is a lower threshold. Why risk a private ballot election, when you can have a sure thing by using the card check method under the EFCA. They won’t, and that’s not good for employers or employees.

If you want proof, here’s what the  AFL-CIO has to say about conducting a secret ballot election:

“It is not until the union obtains signatures from 75% or more of the unit that the union has more than a 50% likelihood of winning the election.”

What union organizer is going to risk losing an election with less than a majority of signed cards? We’ve written on this before, calling the secret ballot the appendix of union organizing campaigns – “there, but an unused vestige of days gone by.”

Don’t be fooled – labor will not utilize secret ballot elections if EFCA is passed.

Categories: Center for Union FactsEFACEnding Secret Ballots