Skip to comments.The 'Free Choice' Act Is Anything But
Posted on 05/07/2009 7:52:04 AM PDT by bilhosty
Last year, I wrote on these pages that I was opposed to this bill because it would eliminate secret ballots in union organizing elections. However, the bill has an additional feature that isn't often mentioned but that is just as troublesome -- compulsory arbitration. This feature would give the government the power to step into labor disputes where employers and labor leaders cannot reach an agreement and compel both sides to accept a contract. Compulsory arbitration is bound to trigger the law of unintended consequences.
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The old fart finally wrote something that makes sense. Never thought I’d see the day.
So much for parties freely entering into agreements.
I'm just happy that, at his age, he is still lucid enough to frame these arguments and their attendant cautions.
It’s about as aptly named as the book “To serve Man”. To wit, if you want to make your company “employee free”, that will be your choice.
“I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.”
“Join the union or we’ll break your legs.”
“Wanna wake up with a horse’s head in your bed?”
He’s written some pretty good articles in the past. This all started once he retired from govt and had his own business. He admitted trying to run a business under some of the very laws he helped get passed was pretty onerous. LOL, nothing like reality is there.
How far over the left edge does something have to be for McGovern to say that it is too much of an abuse of government power?
Agreements? What are those? Agreements are passe. In today's enlightened world, we have empathy, children, working families, greedy corporations, hope, and change.
To wit, if you want to make your company employee free, that will be your choice.”
As a life-long bookkeeper, I predict that there will be more and more re-organizations of small businesses.
Either the owners will decide to be the only employees, and produce a smaller gross each year, albeit with less problems from unions and employees,
OR: They well carve down to a bare bones number of people—perhaps only 1, and make that ONE a minority owner of the business.
The unions think they can pull off this extortion, but I have seen where businesses re-organized and had less gross—but actually had a higher profit- which was used to improve equipment, but NOT to hire more people.
The days of being encouraged to grow-grow-GROW your business will be dealth a death blow if Card Check and the unions are not put back into the bos.
That’ll be the short term effect. I’ve seen unionization efforts.
In the longer term, the fact is that companies move facilities to counter union control.
The fact this Country is seriously debating open ballots means we’ve already lost. It is SO ANTI-AMERICAN and the fact that people don’t seem to understand how oppressive this is tells me we’re already there.
McGovern used to be 100% loony. Now he has backed off to about 65%. Progress. A little exposure to reality helps a lot. Too bad he is so set in some of his ways, though:
“My party has well-deserved majorities in both houses of Congress, and I am thankful to have an exceptional president in Barack Obama.”
Has McGovern made progress, or has the Dem party raced far beyond his formerly secure position at the far extreme of the loony left?
Sound bites McGovern never uttered in his failed campaign of 1972:
"First, we're going to eliminate the secret ballot in labor union elections."
"Next, my courts are going to redefine marriage so it doesn't have to be one man with one woman."
"After that, we'll release anti-American terrorists in our cities and put them on welfare."
"I'll nationalize the automobile industry, the banks, and the major news media."
"I'll raise the federal deficit to $1.17 trillion, but then I'll try to shave $17 billion off that number so we're only spending an extra $1.15 trillion a year of our children's money."
Even SNL, if it had existed in 1972, wouldn't have gone quite so far beyond sanity to spoof McGovern's liberalism. It's not that George recovered. His party went off the deep end.
George did get a bit mellower in his understanding of what business owners go through.
A good editorial from an unexpected source.
McGovern? I’m shocked at his apostasy on this leftist sacred cow!
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