Our View: Hospital vote shows right to organize alive and well
November 12, 2010
The vote late last week by more than 700 workers at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen to join the state’s largest health care union will not end the debate over whether unions make the American workplace better or worse.
But it does prove one thing beyond doubt: There is no need for another federal law to “help” allegedly disenfranchised workers unionize. And it exposes the fraudulent argument by unions and their Democratic water carriers that there is a need for the Employee Free Choice Act.
The title itself is fraudulent — the law would eliminate the free choice that now exists in union elections, by eliminating the secret ballot.
Instead, a company would be declared unionized after more than 50 percent of its workers signed a card — which they would be required to do not in secret, but in front of other workers.
The law ought to be named the Employee Intimidation Act.