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Anti-worker initiatives aiming to “save the secret ballot” are really efforts to restrict workers’ choice in how they form a union. These initiatives are a preemptive strike against federal legislation that Congress hasn’t passed yet – the Employee Free Choice Act – which would require employers to recognize workers’ unions formed through either the secret ballot or majority sign-up process. Anti-union advocates claim the so-called secret ballot used in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election process ensures fair and democratic elections, but researchers have concluded that in spite of the presence of secret ballots, union representation elections fall alarmingly short of living up to the most fundamental tenets of democracy.  

Date Item Title
January 20, 2011 Research Undermines Claims of Mandatory Secret Ballot Supporters
December 31, 2009 Card Check vs. NLRB Elections: Stock Market and First Contract Effects
May 14, 2009 Majority Authorizations and Union Organizing in the Public Sector: A Four-State Perspective
May 20, 2009 No Holds Barred: The Intensification of Employer Opposition to Organizing
August 08, 2007 Neither Free Nor Fair: The Subversion of Democracy Under NLRB Elections
February 28, 2006 Fact Over Fiction: Opposition to Card Check Doesn’t Add Up
June 30, 2005 Free and Fair? How Labor Law Fails U.S. Democratic Election Standards
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