BY SAM FIELDS
I have generally been a supporter of unions. Their excesses pale when compared to a world where workers are blocked from organizing.
Accordingly, I am not happy to argue that they are flat out wrong on the “Card Check issue.
At the same time I am puzzled why they have tolerated being saddled with the cost of representing non members.
For those of you who are not familiar with “Card Check, it is the union hot button issue.
Wikipedia sums it up perfectly:
“The two methods for recognizing a union in the United States begin with an employee petition for representation by a union.
If 30% to a clear majority of employees sign petition cards requesting representation, then the cards are submitted to the National Labor Relations Board(NLRB) for a secret ballot election.
If more than 50% of employees certify their desire for representation, then a union can choose to form using card check procedures. Under current U.S. law, the employer need not recognize the card check petition and can require a secret-ballot vote overseen by the NLRB.
Under the “card check proposal now before Congress employers would be required to recognize the union without a secret ballot election.
In 2008 it passed the House but was held up by a filibuster in the Senate.
“Card check is un-American.
Only a fool or a liar would deny that for many the decision to sign or not the card results from union or employer intimidation. Only a secret ballot will express the true feelings of the workers.
At the same time I am always puzzled that unions are accepting of laws that require them to represent non-union members in grievance procedures.
If the union refuses to represent a non-member who has been fired or disciplined it faces a lawsuit that it is likely to loose. That’s the law in Florida.
And it too is un-American.
It’s like allowing workers to opt out of paying for health insurance but requiring the plan to pay the benefits.
It’s a wonder that anyone coughs up union dues.
There is no chance that Florida’s anti-union Legislature would fix this injustice.
At the same time I believe more than sixty percent of Floridians would amend our constitution to right this wrong.
If it passed you would see a whole lot of the freeloaders signing up for unions.