The Employee Free Choice Act, which was featured in the Jan. 29 editorial, would not take away the secret ballot of an employee who chose to sign a card in favor of forming a union; rather would make it a choice of the group that signs the cards.
In a mandatory election, closed-door meetings are a requirement by employers, which often give a very slanted view of what unions are and what the real purpose is of belonging. The National Labor Relations Board, which oversees elections, has handed down fewer than 50 decisions of union misconduct in the last 70 years. There have been thousands of corporate acts of intimidation, harassment and even firings that happen every year.
The tables need to be balanced if we are to ever have a renewed middle class.