October 17, 2008

Card Check A Winner For McCain

You'd think that the so-called Card Check legislation now promised early in an Obama administration by Nancy Pelosi, and supported by Obama, would be a winning campaign issue for McCain in the last two weeks.

The legislation, already passed by the House and Senate but held up so far by a Bush veto threat, is the price extracted from Democrats by Big Labor for their considerable backing, and the bill is coming due. It would strip U.S. workers of the right to the privacy of a secret ballot in union organizing elections, rights that have been in place since the Wagner Act of 1935. Read. More. Please.

In polls, over 80% of Americans favor the preservation of the right to a secret ballot in union votes, a process satisfactorily overseen by the NLRB for many years to insure fairness.

This ad, not identifying with either party or candidate says "tell the candidates to protect worker privacy".

This video is of an employee who experienced union organizing abuse.

It's way too illiberal for George McGovern. McGovern's WSJ op-ed here. The USA Today editorialized against the legislation (the right-wing rag). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce naturally opposes this anti-business measure.

McCain should challenge Obama to explain to the American people why in an Obama administration, the right to secret ballot that they enjoy in every other election of their societal leadership, would be denied them in their decision on whether or not to accept union representation in the workplace.

McCain should highlight the contradiction between the high-minded Obama rhetoric about the corruption of catering to special interests, and his carrying of water for labor interests who have donated millions of dollars to his campaign.

McCain should challenge Obama to explain why worker protections in place for 70 years are now going away simply because the big unions want it that way.

Maybe the McCain ads are already out there. I haven't seen them. Lots of video on the topic at YouTube.

Posted by dan at October 17, 2008 10:58 PM