Kaiser Permanente Employee: The NLRB canceled my vote

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.
Read more @ Washington Examiner.

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3 comments

  • SEIU….. AFL-CIO…… The largest supporters of these 2 unions is the CPUSA (Communist Party USA)
    From this article, it is proof the individual worker is not important.
    Trumka is an admitted Communist.
    What does this tell you about the modern labor unions?

  • SEIU….. AFL-CIO…… The largest supporters of these 2 unions is the CPUSA (Communist Party USA)
    From this article, it is proof the individual worker is not important.
    Trumka is an admitted Communist.
    What does this tell you about the modern labor unions?

  • It has been lawful for unions to collect cards and demand recognition since 1935. What has not been lawful, but what happens much more regularly than the scenario described above, is employers intimidating workers into changing their minds about their expressed desire for unions — which most workers do want — through threats and promises, firings and union-busting consultants who lie about what unions do. That is what election “campaigns” by employers are all about, and employers don’t care that they may cross the legal line, because they figure paying lawyers and other unionbusters and breaking the law to keep unions out is worth the price. An unhappy workforce is beside the point.
    And then, when despite all odds a union wins an election, employers start interposing legal delays, and they pretend to bargain, in order to frustrate the union and its supporters into giving up. The law needs to be changed, so that the American ideal of a democratic workplace where workers have something to say about how they are treated can become a reality again.

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