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Super Bowl Ad Compares Labor Unions’ Demands to Using a Toilet in Broad Daylight

Super Bowl Ad Compares Labor Unions’ Demands to Using a Toilet in Broad Daylight
Center for Union Facts: Organized Labor’s Demand for “Card Check” is an Absurd Violation of Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Union Facts (CUF) ran a television ad during the Super Bowl highlighting the Employee Rights Act (ERA), a bill that empowers employees in the workplace. The ad emphasizes the ridiculousness of union officials’ demand that employees publicly cast their votes in unionization elections—an anti-democratic process known as “card check.”

The ad can be viewed here:

The ad shows a series of individuals sitting on a toilet in highly visible public places. The narrator then states, “We all know that some activities should be guaranteed privacy.” He then notes that “voting on whether or not to join a union” is one of these issues.

The narrator continues: “Today, union lobbyists are demanding that most employees be forced to vote in public.” He concludes, stating: “The Employee Rights Act guarantees that your private vote will always be protected, to avoid pressure from union organizers.”

“If voting in private is proper for our presidential elections, then it is equally good for unionization elections,” said Rick Berman, executive director of the Center for Union Facts. “The Employee Rights Act would guarantee this privacy to all employees.”

The ERA would also criminalize union threats of violence and require that unions receive the express consent of their members before spending union dues on politics.

A poll conducted by ORC International on CUF’s behalf demonstrates that both union and non-union households strongly support measures contained in the ERA. When asked if employees should have a right to a federally-supervised secret ballot election, 78 percent of union and non-union households support the idea.

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The Center for Union Facts is a non-profit organization supported by foundations, businesses, union members, and the general public. We are dedicated to showing Americans the facts about today’s union leadership.


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