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Protect employeesA' right to secret ballots

There are 7 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Protect employeesA' right to secret ballots. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Chicago citizens should be grateful the City Council does not have the authority to change U.S. labor law, which governs the delicate relationship between employers and employees.

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Michael Davidson

York, ME

#1 Mar 5, 2009
Why do the interests line up so predictably in their opposite corners of the national discourse? You mean to tell me that *all* of the labor unions think the EFCA will prevent managerial intimidation and *all* the Chambers of Commerce think the EFCA will kill jobs? One side or the other is lying to themselves, or to us.
Mike

Sunnyside, NY

#2 Mar 5, 2009
I am an Obama supporter and I am thrilled that he is pulling our troops out of Iraq and is trying to address the challenges of today (like healthcare reform, the financial crisis and the envrionment). Yet, I think that the Employee Free Choice Act would do an enormous harm to our country's economy. It will lead to "Italization", "Germanization" - call it however you want it - of our economy. It will make many of the business less flexible. It will reduce the mobility of workers (one of the selling points of the US to many companies that open factories and plants here). It will lead to the relative prosperity of the few (union members) at the expense of those who are not the union members. The companies will be forced to pay more and provide more generous benefits to those belong to the union and will be reluctant to hire more people. Some mention that the US used to have a much higher percentage of employees belonging to the unions in the 70s and 80s and hesitate to mention that it was an era of high unemployment high inflation, low growth, and general stagnation of our economy.
Mouthpiece

Hinsdale, IL

#3 Mar 6, 2009
Amen to that! Let's see if I got this right... this EFCA is in response to labor's contention that employers "bully" employees into not joining a union and that employees are just victims? Yeah, so now employees can have the right to meet a union organizer waiting at their car when they walk outta work, then standing on their porch, knocking on their doors with more union thugs saying, "Sign the card, and we'll go away!" You mean, like that kinda bullying? It's a fact that happens already. All so employees can have the right to hand over their pensions to the union so they can play with their money, have the "right" to pay the union juice ("dues") for the right to work at a job site, all run by a bunch of middle-aged white guys who insist they're looking out for the little guy and minorities. 50% plus 1 have to sign a card and the union takes over. You get your COLA (cost of living allowance) 3-4% annually and have no incentive to work harder or more productively to get bigger rewards, promotions (gasp*! management!) AND you still have NO assurance that you won't lose your job anyway if the business case deems it necessary. Wow. Such a deal! Where do I sign? With the kinda success unions brought to our auto industry, who'd say no?!
Mouthpiece

Hinsdale, IL

#4 Mar 6, 2009
We shoulda just had a card check for presidency, since there was intimidation on both sides at some voting sites. They should work that into the legislation - no more secret ballots, just like we've seen is so successful in Mexico.
spimmer

United States

#5 Mar 13, 2009
You do realize that a secret ballot still exists under this act, doncha?
resident USA

Rheda-wiedenbr├╝ck, Germany

#6 Mar 14, 2009
Mouthpiece wrote:
Amen to that! Let's see if I got this right... this EFCA is in response to labor's contention that employers "bully" employees into not joining a union and that employees are just victims? Yeah, so now employees can have the right to meet a union organizer waiting at their car when they walk outta work, then standing on their porch, knocking on their doors with more union thugs saying, "Sign the card, and we'll go away!" You mean, like that kinda bullying? It's a fact that happens already. All so employees can have the right to hand over their pensions to the union so they can play with their money, have the "right" to pay the union juice ("dues") for the right to work at a job site, all run by a bunch of middle-aged white guys who insist they're looking out for the little guy and minorities. 50% plus 1 have to sign a card and the union takes over. You get your COLA (cost of living allowance) 3-4% annually and have no incentive to work harder or more productively to get bigger rewards, promotions (gasp*! management!) AND you still have NO assurance that you won't lose your job anyway if the business case deems it necessary. Wow. Such a deal! Where do I sign? With the kinda success unions brought to our auto industry, who'd say no?!
Good reply. Well thought out.
spimmer

United States

#7 Mar 16, 2009
Which makes the secret ballot a great thing. It's win win.

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