Yesterday, Senator Isakson came to town and touched on the Employee Free Choice Act, and how it would be bad for business and the economy, which means it would ultimately be bad for employees too. Of course, I’m sure President Obama disagrees, since he was originally a co-sponsor of the bill. As much as I find this distasteful, I have to agree with Senator Isakson and don’t agree with him.
The Employee Free Choice Act does nothing more than make it easier for employees to form or join labor unions supposedly. This, I feel, is the right of every American and should never be barred by anyone. However, I disagree with this because of the way labor unions function in the United States. To start with, they force all future employees to join the union, thereby removing their right to decide for themselves. Sure, the Employee Free Choice Act sounds like it would solve that, but it doesn’t. In fact, it’s worse.
You see, the EFCA eliminates the secret ballot part of union elections, meaning a employers will know how everyone voted and can coerce people into positions to their liking. Not only that, but the unions will know as well, meaning those who oppose union stances could be pressured to change their position.
However, Senator Isakson said that it would basically be a death to business, and on this I don’t exactly agree. You see, a lack of unions may well be the result of this law, since secret ballots will be a thing of the past. And unions, you see, are probably the greatest scourge currently in the American Economy.
Unions are the reason that General Motors and Chrysler are begging for bailouts. Unions have jacked up wages that keep American cars priced far higher than the market can handle, and because unions make it difficult to fire inadequate employees, it means quality of American cars is not where it used to be.
Many will argue that unions are essential to keep wages at a level where employees can earn a living, but that’s a load of fertilizer. Toyota, Honda, and Kia all have plants in the US. None, to my knowledge, are union shops. All have wages on par with American auto maker’s employees. However, they fire workers who aren’t cutting the mustard. They expect employees to produce, and they get the results they expect or else show those employees the door.
Now, I oppose passage of the EFCA, but not because it would be bad for business. I somehow suspect it would be great for business. Instead, I oppose it because government has no place in labor relations. That is strictly between labor and management. Once the United States government learns to back out of things that don’t concern them, the better off we’ll all be.