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Private union vote instead of card-check

Union activists argue that government-supervised secret-ballot organizing elections are "inherently and intensely coercive" and that publicly signing a union membership card in the presence of union organizers, known as card-check organizing, is the only way that workers can freely choose to unionize.

The privacy of the voting booth protects workers from these abuses. Government-supervised elections ensure that workers can express their true decision after time for reflection and without pressure or fear of harassment. With card checks, union organizers know who has and has not signed up to join the union. This allows them to repeatedly approach and pressure reluctant workers. With this technique, a worker's decision to join the union is binding, while a decision to opt out only means "not this time."

Source: Heritage Action voting recommendation on Card Check , Feb 21, 2007

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