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June 30, 2005

Card Check Works

By Jordan Barab. Reprinted from Confined Space. 

Jonathan Tasini has a piece about a Congressional Research Service report on card check that the Republicans are trying to cover up.

And guess what it concludes: Card check recognition leads to more unionization than the standard representation elections.

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, labor law says that in order to form a union, there has to be an election. In reality, even when a majority of workers initally want a union, management campaigns of intimidation, firings, etc. tend to turn the vote against the union, even when a majority of workers had initially expressed interest. If management voluntarily agrees to a card check, however, a union is established if a majority of workers just sign cards supporting the union. Consequently, instead of organizing around an election, more and more unions are organizing to force management to agree to a card check.

The Republicans naturally find this whole process extremely upsetting and unAmerican and have introduced legislation to ban it.

So it goes.

Posted by Jordan Barab at June 30, 2005 06:59 AM