The Employee Free Choice Act should be renamed the Employee Slave Act. Robert Minor’s letter (11/3) shows a lack of understanding of the act as written and the coercive tactics used by the union organizers to get people to sign cards for a union. The process deprives people of the sanctity of the secret ballot, a basic premise and foundation of a free society in a democracy.
The act makes the working men and women victims of another hand in their pockets. It takes money for food and gas from the people the unions claim to represent in the form of dues, which start out small and grow.
I was in my late teens, working on the docks in Maryland, when a union organizer wanted my friends and me to sign cards to join the union. We said no. The next day he returned with two goons and said we should reconsider and sign the cards, or his friends would help us sign. We said no, and the fight started.
With only signed cards required to certify a union as a bargaining agent, and no secret ballot, this sort of union strong-arming will be the norm.