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Legislation Introduced to Preserve Secret Ballots in the Workplace

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

Recently, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1176) and the U.S. Senate (S. 478) that would ensure workers retain the right to a secret ballot when choosing whether to form a union.  The bills have 103 and 18 cosponsors respectively.

The Secret Ballot Protection Act, introduced by Congressman John Kline (R-2-MN) in the House and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) in the Senate, would ensure all employees have the opportunity to choose whether or not to join a union under the protection of a secret ballot.  The secret ballot keeps the workers vote private and reduces the ability for coercion or intimidation to occur.

The measure is meant to counter the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA), which would allow unions to be recognized without having to hold a secret ballot election.  Under EFCA, unions would only have to get a  majority of workers to sign cards authorizing unionization.  EFCA has yet to be introduced in the 111th Congress.

 To view the Senate bill, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/47043

 To view the House bill, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/47045

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