Clear up confusion on union elections

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I am not surprised that the editor is just as confused as the late congressman from the 10th district when it comes to the Employee Freedom of Choice Act.

This legislation came about after Rep. Norwood offered a bill to make "card-checks" illegal. Today's bill attempts to provide a means whereby workers can have union representation without the fear and intimidation used by employers and their lawyers during the period leading up to the election.

There are usually 42 days from the filing of the petition to the election itself. During these 42 days, the company destroys the atmosphere for a fair election by conducting required meetings for the workers. These meetings provide bogus information, (similar to your editorial claiming that 70 percent favor secret ballot over card check.)

The objective is to confuse the workers into voting against themselves with misleading propaganda.

Having participated in over 50 elections across this country, I see the need for this legislation. If you would remove yourself from the Chamber of Commerce propaganda and talk to actual workers affected by this, you would too.

Richard K. Thomas

Martinez

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charliekey 11/28/08 - 04:04 pm
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To ForceTech posted on Wed

To ForceTech posted on Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:21 AM The Employee Free Choice Act does not deny a secret ballott. For 73 years the National Labor Relation Act has allowed card check or secret ballott. Under the Employee Free Choice the Employees get to choose secretballott or card check. The CHOICE is theirs. The folks that are attempting to mislead everyone relly don't want the new law because it guarantees there will be a contract signed within 6 months. Under current law it could be ayear 16 years or as happens over 30% of the time never. The law also imposes real penalities versus having to post a notice saying "I goofed but I won't do it again" or at least I'll try not to get aught.

If you think unions have out lived their usefulness please vist a country where there are no unions and see how good ole American Companies treat employees.

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