Report from Washington III: R's Fear "Unionization of America" Scheme
Tue July 22, 2008 6:00 am

During an interview with congressman Pete Sessions, of Dallas, he brought up the "Employee Free Choice Act," which the Democrats have been pushing for the last couple of years. The bill would allow the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union without conducting a secret-ballot election. Under current law, employers can demand a government-sponsored secret ballot for a union to be recognized.

Under a process known as "card-check," union members can designate their support for a union simply by signing an authorization card. Union organizers can visit members at their homes to get the signatures. The idea, Sessions said, is to reverse the decline in union membership and to "re-unionize America." The bill has been reported out of committee in the House.

Sessions said this will be one of the first bills to be acted on next year if Obama is elected. But unless Democrats can muster the 60 votes need for cloture, it will die in the Senate.

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