Dave MacIver, Keith Hovland and the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce are at it again, railing against the Employee Free Choice Act — and with more of the same mistruths and, unfortunately, lies (“Free Choice Act still threatens businesses,” Page A4, July 25).
Imagine the president of an organization that has done everything possible to suppress wages and workers rights for decades pretending to be concerned about the poor unions and workers rights under this act. Now, you’ve got to admit that’s a hoot.
Much has been said and written about the Employee Free Choice Act making its way through Congress. To cut through the rhetoric and propaganda from both sides, it’s necessary first to review how the systems for unionizing operate today and compare that with the proposed changes would mean to businesses and more important, workers.
On Sunday, we celebrate mothers and the contributions they’ve made to our lives. As the foundation of our families, they always look out for everyone else. They make sure we keep our doctors appointments, that the kids get their homework done and that our homes are full of love and support.
As a business owner, I support the Employee Free Choice Act. From my perspective, the dire warnings of assaults on the basis of our democracy and the backbone of small business in America are a tempest in a teapot designed to mislead the general public.
Congress is considering the Employee Free Choice Act. But the act isn’t about free choice. It jeopardizes workers’ rights to a secret ballot when they decide on union represenation. Congress is elected by secret ballot and should not endorse anything less for its constituents.
The ads claim that the act will take away the secret ballot. But their facts are just plain wrong. Workers would be able to choose between the two current methods of forming a union — either with an election or by gathering a majority of signed authorization cards. The only difference is that today, the boss gets to make that choice for you.
A recent letter by Mike Williams of Hunter, N.D., ranting against the Employee Free Choice Act, used all of the usual Chamber of Commerce talking points but included this doozy: “Research shows that union states have lower average wages and higher unemployment” (“If senators care, they’ll block ‘Card Check,’” Page D3, April 5).
As the recession deepens nationwide, North Dakota has received attention for its general resistance to the major issues confronting most other states. Our primary economic drivers have fared better than most. We have avoided the mortgage crisis, and our state has a record-breaking surplus.
As a “quiet” Catholic, I firmly believe in the separation of church and state. This does not mean people of faith cannot advocate their view within existing law and the Constitution. People of faith have been leaders in many noble causes, from equal rights for African-Americans to laws preventing another Holocaust.
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