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RNC Wants Union Members To Have More Rights Than RNC Members

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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