Friday, April 24, 2009

Nonsense from a South Dakota AFL-CIO official about card check

Mark Anderson is the president of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and he's saying some really crazy things. His group's cherished bill, the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act is on the ropes. Not a single US Senate Republican will vote for what's better known as "card check," Democrats such as Diane Feinstein of California and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are bailing on it.

So it's understandable that labor big shots are acting in a desperate manner.

A petition drive is underway in the Mount Rushmore state to put to a vote--a secret ballot vote--a proposed amendment to the state's constitution that would make it law that workers must decide through a secret ballot whether they want to join a union.

Sounds fair to everyone. Except to union leaders such as Anderson, who spoke with the Rapid City Journal:

Anderson said opponents often latch onto the secret ballot issue to claim the card check method is undemocratic.

"So when you hear all the hoopla, from the employers' side and the opponents, I think that's a bald-faced lie," he said.

Anderson added, "It has nothing to do with the democratic process, it has nothing to do with democracy."


Ready for class warfare? Where is our money going?

"Nowadays, it's not equally distributed," he said. "It's going mostly to the top."

Onetime Republican US Senate candidate Joel Dykstra is a petition organizer, and he declared, "We're not anti-union. We just believe employees should have the right to select their representation by secret ballot."

Makes sense to me.

Related post:

AFL-CIO meeting at luxury hotel in Miami Beach

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