WSJ Furthers Common Card Check Distortions

Writing that someone needs to “Tell the WSJ: Workers Can Already Unionize Without a Secret Ballot Election” (Beat the Press, 3/10/09), Dean Baker details how big media still gets this wrong:

Okay, let’s see if we can teach the Wall Street Journal something this morning. In an article reporting on the prospects for the Employee Free Choice Act in the Senate, the WSJ told readers that “the bill would allow unions to organize workers without a secret ballot, giving employees the power to organize by simply signing cards agreeing to join.”

Wrong! The current law already allows workers to organize by majority sign-up. They can also have a union de-certified by majority sign-up. The difference is that under current law it is the employer’s option to accept majority sign-up or to demand an NLRB election. Employers who wish to prevent unionization can demand an election. They can then delay the actual election for several years. They can use time to require workers to attend mandatory anti-union propaganda sessions. They can also fire the key organizers, thereby undermining the organizing drive and intimidating workers.

Summing up that “the main change in the law” is that “under the Employee Free Choice Act is that workers, not employers, would decide the method for union certification,” Baker insists “the WSJ should be able to get this one right”–or are these misrepresentations willful? Read the FAIR magazine Extra!: “For Media, ‘Card Check’ Promise Is One to Break: Corporate Outlets Suddenly Discover ‘Workers Rights'” (2/09) by Janine Jackson