June 26, 2007

The NRSC Tackles Big Labor Payback In The Senate

See update on cloture.

Last week, I wrote about the Democrats' plan to end secret balloting in union elections, forcing workers to make their choice publicly. That enables intimidation from both unions and management, which the struggling labor movement will force people to organize. The unions will reap large increases in dues -- which will wind up in the coffers of the Democratic Party.

The NRSC has put together a new YouTube ad that matches the rhetoric of leading Democrats with the funding they have received from Big Labor, as well as some refutation of their assertions:

If the Senate passes this worker-intimidation bill, then we have to press the President to veto it If secret ballots are the standard for our political elections as a safeguard against government intimidation, they should be the standard for union elections as well.

UPDATE: Cloture just failed on this one, 51-48. I'm not sure they're going to even get this a floor vote in this session of Congress. It looked like a straight-up party-line vote, but I'll check the record in a bit.


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Comments (5)

Posted by Scott Malensek | June 26, 2007 11:18 AM

Ironic that Dems will push to remove secret ballots for unions, but they won't allow the secrecy to be removed from earmarking.

Posted by Lew | June 26, 2007 1:42 PM

Same rationale as the so-called "Fairness Doctrine"!

Labor Unions are dieing in a world where no one can intimidate free choice, so now they're going to jam it down our throats by highjacking the coercive power of the state. In the same fashion, since Air America can't survive in a free media market, they're going to jam it down our throats with the coercive power of the state.

And these folks call themselves democrats! Somewhere in the shadows, George Orwell is laughing himself silly.

Posted by Bruce | June 26, 2007 2:30 PM

Interesting the ad never said a word about what the bill said or would do. total emphasis on you did it not what was done

Posted by PJ/Maryland | June 26, 2007 9:21 PM

With 51 votes in favor, and Tim Johnson not voting, there must be (at least) one Republican who voted in favor. Checking the Senate.gov site, I see Arlen Specter of PA joined the 48 present Democrats and the two "Independents", Saunders and Lieberman, in voting Yea.

The other 48 Republicans voted Nay.

Posted by Joe | June 26, 2007 9:43 PM


The Illinois General Assembly passed a state version of this vile legislation a few years ago. The Illinois Labor Relations Act now only requires a card check. The unions argued that it was a matter of streamlining the process in that a secret ballot election would be redundant if a card check showed majority interest in unionizing. The unions have been running roughshod over business/management in Illinois for the last several years. Along with our Governor and Senate President proposing a Gross Receipts Tax and universal health care funded via payroll taxes, my home state is sadly becoming the Massachusetts of the mid-west.