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Monday, February 2, 2009
CNS Repeats Misleading Claim on EFCA

A Feb. 2 article by Pete Winn on the Employee Free Choice Act notes that supporters of the bill have pointed out that it "will not eliminate the ability for workers to choose to have a secret ballot election," which is followed by a paraphrased retort, passed along uncritically, by Michael Eastman, executive director of labor relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that "business has never said that secret ballots would be forbidden."

In fact, numerous opponents of the bill have repeatedly claimed that the EFCA eliminates secret ballots, and worse.

Further, even if one interprets "business" very narrowly as applying only to paid business lobbyists, that's wrong too. Eastman himself asserted in a U.S. Chamber blog post that the EFCA "would effectively do away with secret ballot elections in union organizing." Another Eastman blog post sermonizes about the secret ballot and falsely asserts that "Workers would lose a vital privacy protection - the ability to vote in a secret ballot election - if Card Check became law."

Yet, Winn does not challenge or correct Eastman's statement.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:00 PM EST

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