Why the 'Employee Free Choice Act' Is Anything But

My uncle required a police escort to walk the 20 feet from the garage to his car door. He was 17-years-old, a good student living in a well-manicured suburb of St Louis West County. But he was a volunteer campaign worker for "Right to Work" in the summer of '76, and there were union goons waiting for him at the end of the driveway. One sunny morning on his way out the door, one of the thugs asked him menacingly, "How's your little nephew Stevie enjoying day camp?" I was seven at the time and didn't even know what a union was.

"Nothing personal, just business," I suppose.

Welcome to the charming world of union intimidation. It could be coming to your workplace, as early as this summer. It might even come to your front door in the dead of night.

Workforce.com reports the latest developments on the so-called "employee free-choice":

Simmering labor legislation reached a boiling point on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, February 4.

Hundreds of union workers and other supporters of a bill that would make it easier for employees to establish bargaining units gathered in a rally across the street from the Senate.

The event marked the launch of an aggressive effort by organized labor to gain congressional approval -- and a presidential signature -- for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that will be introduced soon.

"Free choice" is the worst kind of Orwellian language. If EFCA becomes law, then the secret ballot traditionally used to determine unionization votes in this country would be replaced by "card checks." When the union comes to your business, asking you to join, you'll be asked to check "Yes" or "No" on a card. In public. And if union history is any guide, the man holding the card under your nose might be large, threatening, and unlikely to take kindly to a "No."