Sometimes we really have to wonder about the motives of those who purport to represent the greater good in Washington. Take, for instance, Congressman Tim Murphy.
Mr. Murphy, the 18th Congressional District “Republican,” adamantly insists that the deceptively titled Employee Free Choice Act won’t scotch the secret union organizing ballot.
Under current law, the process of unionizing begins when 30 percent of workers sign a petition. The National Labor Relations Board then oversees a secret-ballot vote by all employees. A union is recognized if more than 50 percent back it.
Under the “free choice” measure, there’s no NLRB vote. If a simple majority of employees sign the petition, the union is recognized. Employers can’t demand a secret ballot. But employees still can, Murphy says.
If they like to be intimidated by union goons, we suppose.
Additionally, the proposal “will fundamentally shift the balance of power in the country’s labor markets to big unions and in doing so impose serious costs on American workers in the form of lower investment and less job creation,” says Jason Clemens of the Pacific Research Institute.
In his zeal to be loved by organized labor, Tim Murphy is hurting the very people he insists the Employee Free Choice Act will help. That’s not representation, that’s opportunism in pursuit of self-serving political survival.