Members of the grassroots organization FreedomWorks protested at a rally organized by the AFL-CIO today. Various unions were gathered in support of an anti-democratic bill called the Employee Free Choice Act, which includes a “Card Check” provision.
Card Check is a “top down” system. It does away with secret ballots in workplace elections. Due to the absence of a secret ballot, Card Check effectively removes current privacy protections for employees voting on whether to form a union. This bill would open up the workplace to intimidation and corruption from outside organizers who are more concerned with bolstering union dues than working for the employees’ best interests. More alarming, it is an erosion of the democratic principle of a secret ballot.