There is a huge controversy brewing over the EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act) that is currently being pushed by President Barack Obama and the Democrat Party. The president says he wants to give employees an opportunity to bargain for their fair share of the wealth our country generates.
One of the rubs is that employees now vote against unions – secretly. Once the EFCA is passed, all votes will be publicly known. This goes against the entire democratic process America prides itself on – your free choice in the voting booth – privately, securely, confidentially.
I am not a fan of unions as shown in my previous blog Childhood Memories of Unions. My father was anti-union and our family paid the price generated by the fear, threats and intimidation of unions.
Fortunately, Louisiana is now a Right to Work state which prevents employers from forcing workers to be union members for hiring purposes or maintaining their jobs. It protects employees.
It should be a real concern to voters when candidates are supported by unions.
In the Red Stick, we have had a plethora of union-supported officials including high-profile individuals like Mayor-President Kip Holden and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. Their campaigns were highly funded with union contributions and both were endorsed by unions.
Union-supported candidates are tax and spend liberals that push for collective bargaining which opens the door for unions to negotiate. Much to our dismay, Mayor-President Kip Holden has been a supporter of collective bargaining.
Shortly after his initial election as Mayor, The Advocate cautioned voters in an editorial saying there needed to be more to the relationship between Holden and the police union than collective bargaining, labor contracts, union management issues and pay raises. That remains to be seen.
If the EFCA passes, regardless of what democrats, President Obama or Mayor Holden wants us to believe, it will have a negative result.
They want us to believe that unions are good and that it will help ‘share the wealth’ and create more middle class workers. The truth is that it will take away part of the American Dream for business owners by forcing businesses to allow unions to be formed. It will also contain a penalty for business owners that do not comply with the demands of their employees. What the heck?
This is sounding more and more like a takeover by unions than ‘free choice’ as they tout.
I have always had a problem with ‘stinking thinking’ that promotes one person believing they deserve something another person owns. It’s almost like a form of white collar crime. Employees will now be able to tell business owners exactly what they want and if the employer does not comply, they are fined.
So much for the free enterprise system.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican