Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Employee PAID Choice Act: UFCW caught in cash-for-cards scheme

On Tuesday, as reported on the Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced the Employee Free Choice Act, which will likely pass in the House, but faces a more uncertain future in the Senate.

After posting Five Simple Questions for Congress on the Employee Free Choice Act and issuing a press release on the matter, we received an e-mail that demonstrates in real time how dangerous the card-check provision of EFCA can be.

One of the two primary provision of EFCA is the so-called "card-check" which mandates that an employer must accept a union once a simple majority of his employees sign union authorization cards.

Critics of card-check have rightly pointed out that the card-check procedure allows union agents to pressure, manipulate or even coerce (bully) workers and that a secret-ballot is the surest way to adequately reflect the majority of workers' wishes.

What hasn't been mentioned, until now, is the fact that unions will actually pay (aka bribe) workers to sign a union authorization card.

In our old union shop, the going rate was between $10 and $15 for the steward who signed the non-member.

That's right, a union can actually give cash to workers for them to sign their livelihoods away to the union and, in the meantime, secure a foothold in a company through card check.

What?!? You don't believe us???

Well, check this out...

[If you can't see the amounts paid by the UFCW, it is $5 per signed authorization card, $10 for a signed card following a union successful card check or election "win," and $15 for a signed card following a union win and signed contract.]

This above flyer was e-mailed to us earlier this evening and proves what those of us who've left the union movement have known for a long time...


Given this fact, isn't the Employee Free Choice Act really the EMPLOYEE PAID CHOICE ACT?


Tommy said...

Oh please. The only "bullying" that occurs during the unionization process occurs as the bosses do anything and everything they can to force workers to vote no, while their cohorts in the NLRB postpone the date of the vote.

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