McGovern Trashes Card Check Scheme in New TV Ad

The Employee Freedom Action Committee is hitting the airwaves tonight with a new TV ad featuring Sen. George McGovern trashing the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, which would do away with the secret ballot for union elections and replace it with a “card check” system that merely requires a majority of workers to sign a card to unionize. You can see it here.

Of course, a card check system would be an open invitation to intimidation, fraud, and coercion by labor thugs. The ad comes on the heels of an opinion column by McGovern in the Wall Street Journal two months ago in which McGovern chided his party for not respecting secret ballots union elections, writing:

I worry that there has been too little discussion about EFCA’s true ramifications, and I think much of the congressional support is based on a desire to give our friends among union leaders what they want. But part of being a good steward of democracy means telling our friends “no” when they press for a course that in the long run may weaken labor and disrupt a tried and trusted method for conducting honest elections.

Enacting card check would be a disaster for this country. Andy Stern is head of the 1.9 million-member Service Employees International Union, which is planning to spend upwards of $75 million to elect liberal Democrats. He is a big believer in expanding union power through expanding union membership. (For more on what Stern is up to, see this NRO column by Carl Horowitz, “Labor and Immigration.”) Stern estimates that passage of card check would result in 1.5 million new union members per year for 10-15 years.

Right now, private sector unions collect $7 billion in annual dues and use a hefty amount of that on pushing their radical left-wing agenda – an amount that would swell with millions more dues-paying members. Without card check, private sector union membership will continue to decline. So not only is card check an illegitimate attempt to deny workers a fundamental right, it essentially represents the last gasp of a dying movement.

Barack Obama has pledged support for card check and if he becomes president the only thing standing between the bill and enactment would be the Senate. But if Democrats are successful in getting to 60 seats in the senate, card check has a very good chance of becoming the law of the land.

Joe Eule