RNC Wants Union Members To Have More Rights Than RNC Members

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Friday, March 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Here’s an interesting tip I just got from American Rights At Work about the Republican’s vociferous opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act, based on its oft-stated desire to protect employees’ rights to vote in secret ballots. (Contrary to Republican claims, the EFCA does not take away that right, but merely supplements it with the option of securing a union if a majority of employees sign cards saying they want one.)

From the Republican National Committee’s 2008 Platform:

The recent attempt by congressional Democrats to deny workers a secret ballot in union referenda is an assault, not only against a fundamental principle of labor law, but even more against the dignity and honor of the American work force. We oppose “card check” legislation, which deprives workers of their privacy and their right to vote, because it exposes workers to intimidation by union organizers.

This appears to be about core Republican principles. Well, sort of … except that it really isn’t. In its own elections, the RNC actually prohibits the use of secret ballots.

Here’s the relevant RNC Rule [RNC Rules, Rule No. 7(d), pg. 7]:

No votes (except elections to office when properly ordered pursuant to the provisions of Robert’s Rules of Order) shall be taken by secret ballot in any open meeting of the Republican National Committee or of any committee thereof.

Apparently, the Republicans are now more concerned about the dignity and honor and right to privacy of union workers than they are about the rights of their own members.

Is this the party’s way of following RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s directive to “think outside the box?”

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Stan Greer
Comment posted March 20, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

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Daphne E., you don't get it.

In a successful unionization vote or “card check,” the workers who are in the minority have to accept the union as their “exclusive” bargaining agent, like it or not. Their only recourse is to quit their jobs.

People who are in the RNC are in the RNC because they're Republicans and have chosen to be their, not because that's their means of employment. They don't have to give up their livelihood if they can't live with a decision made by the majority of the RNC in an open vote. They can just quit, with no economic consequences whatsoever.

So your analogy is foolish and irrelevant.

Stan Greer
National Right to Work Committee
National Institute for Labor Relations Research


deviatar
Comment posted March 20, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

If that's the Republican position — or your position — then be honest about it: you're against unions. All unions, just like Democratic elections in this country, honor the principle of majority rules — if the majority votes for something, they get it. That doesn't mean that the minority has to quit their jobs, it just means they're part of the union and get the benefit of things like higher wages and better benefits that unions tend to negotiate for them. And if the RNC thinks unions should be prohibited because the minority of workers don't get to opt out, then say so. But it's more than little disingenuous to say their concern is that workers are being denied the right to a secret ballot — when in fact they object to the majority vote principle underlying union elections altogether.


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Stan Greer
Comment posted March 20, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

There's nothing inconsistent about my position or the National Right to Work Committee's position, which is consistently against monopoly unionism, regardless of whether it comes about via card check or secret ballot.

I can't speak for Republicans' logical consistency. But what about yours? Do you think that, if a majority of workers at a business don't want a union, individual workers shouldn't have the right to join and pay dues, because of “majority rule”? If not, then you have no right to deny workers who don't want a union the freedom of association simply because they're in the minority at their workplace.


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t
Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

unions are pyramid scams.you have to join one early.after unions raise wages past market conditions YOU WILL LOOSE YOUR JOB.think about the industries the democrats have crushed with unions.thats why i bought ford stock.they will be the only auto company left because THE GOV CANT RUN ANYTHING


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Comment posted April 9, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

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unions are pyramid scams.you have to join one early.after unions raise wages past market conditions YOU WILL LOOSE YOUR JOB.think about the industries the democrats have crushed with unions.thats why i bought ford stock.they will be the only auto company left because THE GOV CANT RUN ANYTHING


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