The NLRB canceled my vote
Barbara Ivey | Washington Examiner
October 18, 2011
Suppressing votes is something we usually associate with Third World dictators. But closer to home, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington is the one calling off elections.
After working at Kaiser Permanente for 21 years, I was abruptly informed that Service Employees International Union organizers were launching a “card check” drive at my workplace.
Following a 13-day campaign, company officials announced that SEIU organizers had collected enough union cards to become the sole bargaining agent at my office.
In Oregon, this means that everyone — including those of us who did not want to join the SEIU — will have to pay union dues and accept union bargaining just to keep our jobs.
If you’ve never experienced a card check drive in your workplace, you may not know the difference between card check organizing and traditional secret ballot unionization elections.
During a card check campaign, union organizers can pressure employees face to face until they sign cards that are then counted as “votes” for unionization.
I was strongly suspicious of the results of the SEIU’s card check drive from the very beginning. Although union officials claimed to have collected signed cards from a majority of my co-workers, I was never approached by their organizers.
Other colleagues said they felt pressured by SEIU officials to sign cards in favor of unionization. Many were frustrated that we never had a secret ballot vote to determine if we’d unionize.
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