From the TUC

McCain’s spurious anti-EFCA rhetoric

22 Oct 2008, By

“Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.”

The above is an extract from a speech given by John McCain at a rally in Virginia as reported here in the Washington Post.  Anyone familiar with the practice of union busters in US recognition ballots will know that this is very disingenuous and that by the time many workers get to vote in labor elections, they’ve usually endured a pretty heavy campaign of intimidation and scare tactics. 

The following were the findings of a study of union organising campaigns by Cornell University;

  • Ninety-two percent of private-sector employers, when faced with employees who want to join together in a union, force employees to attend closed-door meetings to hear anti-union propaganda; 80 percent require supervisors to attend training sessions on attacking unions; and 78 percent require that supervisors deliver anti-union messages to workers they oversee.
  • Seventy-five percent hire outside consultants to run anti-union campaigns, often based on mass psychology and distorting the law.
  • Half of employers threaten to shut down partially or totally if employees join together in a union.
  • In 25 percent of organizing campaigns, private-sector employers illegally fire workers because they want to form a union.
  • Even after workers successfully form a union, in one-third of the instances, employers do not negotiate a contract.

You can find out more why secret ballots in the context of labor elections don’t work – here.