Friday, March 20, 2009

Oops, WSJ Goes Off-Message on EFCA

They forgot the whole point of the campaign opposing the Employee Free Choice Act was the no more secret ballot lie. Today they wrote this:

The bill doesn't remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act...

They go through some logical and verbal gymnastics after that to try and explain how that even though the secret ballot isn't actually eliminated, it really is eliminated in effect. Nonsense. As anyone paying attention to the story knows, the secret ballot will still be an option. They also claim that the whole thing will then be about labor leaders putting pressure on workers and intimidating them. The problem with this lie is that there is no evidence, whatsoever, of labor leaders intimidating workers (would be quite ironic) in the past, but there is tons of evidence of intimidation by management in the current system. The EFCA would go a long way toward eliminating that intimidation from management.

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