Carol Platt Liebau: More Union Thuggery

Thursday, March 01, 2007

More Union Thuggery

Labor unions have succeeded in getting the Democrats to strip workers of the right to a secret ballot when it comes to voting on whether to unionize.

The name of this piece of coercion-in-waiting? The "Employee Free Choice Act." Orwellian, no?


Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

The law would increase penalties for intimidating or terminating employees who engage in union activity. It would reduce thuggery. Saying that it increases thuggery is Orwellian.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Not one line in HR 800 speaks to the union thuggery to which any employee who doesn't want to sign an organizing card can be subjected. Union members I've known who dared to exercise free speech and voting rights have found their car tires flattened, paint "keyed," and windows smashed. Their names and social security numbers, addresses, spouse and children's names, telephone number, church they attended, and schools their kids attended were posted on union "bulletin boards" which can't be touched by employers to remove such materials. Shop stewards routinely stopped by to admonish offending members and suggest they "get right" with the union lest something happen. In more than a few national cases, dissenters have been physically attacked by union goons, some even killed. Anonymous, threatening phone calls all night were made. One Vietnamese refugee found a severed animal's head on her car's hood when she went out to go to work.

"Orwellian" certainly is a good descriptor of the bill's title.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Saying that it will increase thuggery is factual. Look at all the penalties across the country for all the varieties of crime. Has it brought an end to crime? Saying that an "increase" in penalties would make a difference to those that would perpetrate intimidation is naive. Secret ballots are the only way to go and there's no reason to do away with them that trumps the workers' right to vote without trepidation.

10:14 PM  

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