- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Gary Shapiro erroneously and irresponsibly claims that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) “deprives workers of a secret ballot vote in union elections.” (“The card-check deal,” Commentary, Wednesday). In fact, the bill would not replace the secret ballot but instead would provide workers with a second, fall-back option to decide on union membership by signing cards if their companies prevent, delay or obstruct secret-ballot elections from occurring.

The truth is that more than 42 million Americans would like to join a union but can’t. That’s because the current system allows irresponsible employers to get away with delaying union elections and harassing workers. Even if the workers vote to unionize, employers can simply refuse to bargain a new contract, without facing penalties.

The current system of deciding on union membership has unfairly tilted in favor of employers over employees. The time has come to restore balance by giving workers a free and fair shot at joining a union, and the Employee Free Choice Act does just that. Whether by voting by secret ballot or signing a union card, the choice should be with the workers.


Capital area director

32BJ Service Employees International Union


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