Recently, Soren Dayton said we should be very wried about Democratic attempts to tilt the playing field to benefit Unions - e.g., the Card Check (Employee Free Choice Act) legislation. that would give Unions more (coercive) power to lock in workers and much more political power, as a result. Ezra Klein, on the other hand, thinks Dayton's is "the best argument you'll ever read for Card Check" and adds "If I were the union movement, I would be sending this blog post to every Democrat in the country."
In light of the Democrat's obvious commitment to "Employee Free Choice", I'd like to make an offer in two parts:
- Bring back Card Check legislation, which allows a Union to be created immediately when a majority of employees submit signed cards in support of unionization.
- But make it real employee free choice by allowing a Union to be decertified immediately when a majority of employees submit signed cards opposing an existing Union.
- For bonus points, let's also stipulate that an Employee Free Choice Act should give each employee a free choice about membership in a Union, and no employee can be forced to join (or leave) a Union against his will.
It's a good deal. It's a fair deal. It's the workplace democracy that Democrats tell us they really want. What's not to like about it? I think we can come to a deal.**
What say you, Democrats?
**...unless, of course, Democrats decide that reciprocity isn't they had in mind, and the Employee Free Choice Act suddenly includes a bit too much employee freedom.