Taking Sides - Card Check
While it was never mentioned in any of the presidential debates, Card Check (aka: The Employee Free Choice Act) is a big election issue. Here is an overview of some of the major groups on both sides of the Card Check debate.
Groups Opposing Card Check
Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
According to their website, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is a "coalition of workers, employers, associations and organizations who are fighting to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot when workers are deciding whether or not to join a union." Literally hundreds of organizations, including many ACCE members, have signed on as supports of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. Visit their website at: http://www.myprivateballot.com/
Employee Freedom Action Committee
EmployeeFreedom.org is the website for the Employee Freedom Action Committee (EFAC), a non-partisan, non-profit organization fighting for fair elections in the workplace. Their interactive website includes details on labor contributions to Senate candidates, automated letter writing features, and a form to share personal accounts of union intimidation. Former Senator George McGovern is the lead spokesperson for EFAC, and has appeared national advertising spots for the organization. (Clearinghouse Blog readers will recall that Sen. McGovern came out forcefully against Card Check in a Wall Street Journal Op-ed)
The US Chamber is also a vocal opponent of Card Check stating on their website that it would, "upend decades of settled labor law in order to give organized labor an unfair advantage in union organizing, at the expense of both employees and employers." Click to link to the US Chamber's Card Check Issue Page.
Groups Supporting Card Check
Not surprisingly the AFL-CIO is a vocal supporter of Card Check. Their website includes an online petition, letter writing campaign, and numerous YouTube video clips of labor leaders, elected representatives and union workers speaking in favor of Card Check. The site also includes numerous position papers and studies, including one poll which claims that 69% of Americans favor Card Check.
American Rights at Work
American Rights at Work is a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers. The organization's board includes: Sen. John Edwards, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and John J. Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO. Visit their website at: http://www.americanrightsatwork.org/. The organization has a separate website devoted to attracting signatures for a Card Check petition: http://www.freechoiceact.org/