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Card-check union organizing threatens companies

The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders owe a big political debt to labor organizations; the so-far unsuccessful effort to pass "card check" legislation is just one example of the payback labor leaders expect to receive for their loyal backing.

Known officially as the Employee Free Choice Act, the card-check legislation would effectively abolish the secret ballot in workplace elections for union representation. It would also require employers to submit to binding government arbitration if they cannot reach an agreement with union representatives, forcing companies to submit to contracts that may imperil their very survival.

The sobering experience of unionized companies offers a further warning against tipping the playing field further in favor of union organizers. A resurgence of union representation in the private sector would threaten to plunge even more U.S. companies into financial distress and put more American workers in danger of losing their jobs.

Source: Cato Institute voting recommendation on Card Check , Sep 6, 2009

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