Card Check ALREADY Being Used To Harass Workers Into Caving In To Unions

Most kids are exposed to images of the union-busting and strike-breaking measures undertaken by auto-manufacturers and other industries during the early 20th century.  You’ve probably been exposed to photographs and video of corporate thugs beating up workers trying to organize to improve their lives.  You’ve probably seen pictures of “company towns.”

Kids don’t get to see the “busting” and “breaking” measures being taken by union thugs.  And the mainstream media is ignoring the stories of union abuses going on right now.

Card Check Process Used by Union Organizers Ignites Fury at Indiana Plant: Union organizers are going to great lengths to get new members — including harassing and intimidating company employees until they vote to join.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A bill working its way through Congress that changes how employees can create and join unions is facing tough criticism from workers who say it gives unions the green light to use aggressive tactics to get them to sign up.

The Employee Free Choice Act — known in Congress as the “card check” bill — calls for an easier system to allow employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations. Under the bill, employees can request blank cards from existing unions that employees can sign to express interest in joining the union. If 30 percent of employees sign the cards, companies can hold secret-ballot elections to decide on unionization.

But workers at the Dana Corporation Auto Parts plant in Albion, Ind., say the card check process has nearly torn the 50-person plant apart after harassment and intimidation from the United Auto Workers union forced them to a secret-ballot vote.

A union organizer came to the plant two years ago to ask employees to join the UAW because the company had signed a neutrality agreement with the union.

The meeting, however, did not go well, according to plant employee Larry Guest.

“He was using real rough language — cursing. It didn’t go over well with the women at all. There were a couple that just got up and left,” Guest told FOX News.

Employees said union representatives approached them in the break room, at the plant doors and even followed them to their cars.

“He was just like an itch that you couldn’t scratch. He just wouldn’t go away,” said employee Rita Murphy.

“After a while we realized he was going to be here morning, noon and night until he got his numbers that he needed,” said Betty Pop.

Dana employee Jamie Oliver told FOX News that she was approached at her home.

“We’re here in a little town and we’re a plant of 50 some people — you know the last thing you need is to have the union coming to your door saying I want your name,” Oliver said.

The union’s relentless approach, she said, eventually wore her down.

“When they approach you every day — every day, every day,” she said, “after a while it’s like ‘Okay. Fine. I’ll sign the card.'”

The UAW collected the necessary signatures, but plant employees appealed to the National Labor Relations Board that ruled the employees could hold a secret election.

“When they held the election, there was no more union,” said Guest. “Although it was close.”

Now, employees say, the forced choice has turned friend into foe, causing some employees to be threatened by coworkers who had wanted the union.

One employee said she was threatened for her choice.

“I have my reasons for the way that I voted. That’s nobody else’s business, and had it not been for the card check, nobody would know if I was for or against,” said Beverly Musolf.

The UAW declined to give comment to FOX News on the employees’ complaints.

The latest version of the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced to both chambers of Congress on March 10, 2009.

FOX News’ Brian Wilson contributed to this report.

News and Views from National Right to Work ( also carried the story of the rampant union abuse, and provide Youtube video of the story.  Their first article links to this earlier one (which features additional supporting video).

Card check is an open invitation to union abuses – and the proof is in what they have already done with their card check opportunity.

We have to get the word out.  We have to see to it that as many Americans as possible are aware of what happened in Albion, Indiana at the Dana Corporation Auto Parts plant.  We have to inform the American people so they can resist this terrible measure.  It amounts to a denial of the right to vote one’s conscience, and it will be devastating to the economy.

We have already seen Wal-Mart stock go down as a result of the mere fear that Card check will become law.  If it does pass, a lot of investors will come to the conclusion that profitability is gone and pull their investments out of businesses.

Call your elected representatives and ask them if they want to see workers being harassed and even intimidated and threatened into joining unions, such as what happened in Albion, Indiana at the Dana Corporation.  We’ve got the precedent.  Let’s use it.

4 Responses to “Card Check ALREADY Being Used To Harass Workers Into Caving In To Unions”

  1. Michelle Says:

    My husbands job was recently unionized (my husband voted against). There are definitely pressure and threat tactics used. Another worker told my husband the last time there was a union at the company he’d had to buy his wife a gun so she could protect herself at home from the union and other workers. Unions are notorious for violence. Let’s not give them more tools.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    We can go back to the close association unions have had with organized crime to arrive at that point (“unions are notorious for violence”).

    During the past, when companies hired their own thugs to break unions, unions would NEVER have wanted to allow a “card check” measure so that thugs could find out who’s voting how and go after them. But now when THEY are the thugs, of course they want it. And liberals and Democrats are thugs for helping the thugs target victims who don’t want to have their jobs destroyed by being unionized.

  3. Brett Says:

    Mike, excellent post. I thought Fox did an excellent job of getting the story of what union organizing is truly about, and hope others will follow…

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Thanks, Brett.

    I have been astonished that basically Fox has been the ONLY one running this story. It is amazing how much propaganda we are getting in the name of “news” from our mainstream media.

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