Thursday, March 01, 2007

More on the Compulsory Unionization Act of 2007:

Cesar Conda & Grover Norquist:

“There’s a scene in The Godfather where Vito Corleone needs to enlist the services of Amerigo Bonasera, the undertaker for whom he did a favor on his daughter’s wedding day. Vito asks Bonasera, ‘Are you ready to now do a service for your don?’

Big Labor must have had a similar meeting with congressional Democrats after the 2006 midterm elections.”

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“That’s why they have been pushing so hard for a bill, H.R. 800, which would deny workers the right to a federally supervised, private-ballot election when deciding on union membership. Currently, the law supposes that a workplace deciding on union representation should be free of corruption and strong-arming from both employers and union organizers. As such, a private-ballot election is conducted in which a majority of workers must decide for union representation in order for a union to be established.”

Rep. Tom Price:

“What's truly amazing about the Big Labor and congressional Democratic push for the card check bill is the absolute hypocrisy of it all. The labor bosses behind the effort to strip workers of their rights to a private ballot in union organization elections are the very same people who have argued passionately for such rights in union decertification elections. In fact, using quite stirring language, Big Labor once told the National Labor Relations Board that the secret ballot election is a ‘solemn’ occasion, imperative to preserving ‘privacy and independence.’

But Big Labor doesn't have a monopoly on hypocrisy in this debate. Congressional Democrats are giving them a run for their money. Consider this: Writing to Mexican — yes, Mexican — officials in August 2001 in advance of an election between two competing labor unions in that country, 16 House Democrats — 11 of whom remain in the House and sponsor the card-check bill, including the bill's lead sponsor himself, Rep. George Miller of California — plainly stated: ‘We understand that the secret ballot is allowed for, but not required by Mexican labor law. We feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to ensure workers are not intimidated into voting for a union they may otherwise not choose.’ Not only do Democratic card-check proponents seem to support rights for Mexican workers that they aren't even willing to protect for their own constituents, but they also have admitted that the process is deeply flawed and prone to intimidation.”