The Heritage Foundation explains how the system presently works and how “Card Check” will destroy the freedom of the American worker to choose:
For more than 60 years, American workers have decided whether to form a union with a private vote… neither management nor union organizers know how each individual worker voted. The secret ballot lets workers vote their conscience without risking job loss or physical assault for making the ‘wrong’ choice… . The EFCA would make it easier for union officials to pressure workers. Under the card-check process, union organizers would publicly solicit signatures on union authorization cards… Without secret ballots, union organizers know exactly who has signed union cards and who has not. In the past, union organizers have repeatedly approached and pressured-and, in some cases, threatened-reluctant workers. They have also used pro-union co-workers to solicit signatures, putting peer pressure on ‘holdouts’ to change their minds.
Under Card Check, union organizers and their enforcers will be able to go into any small business, hospital or construction site and coerce workers into signing cards. If they get 50 percent plus one, the deal’s done, and the workers are forced into a union. And if management and the new union fail to reach a negotiated contract, the federal government will just impose one. Coerced unionization allows for what is effectively a new, unaccountable form of forced taxation. Workers will have a portion of their paycheck going to the union to be spent as the bosses see fit, including political donations to parties and candidates that the workers may not even support.
Let’s say that union organizers come into your workplace and through coercion or peer-pressure – or even physical intimidation – “convince” a simple majority of your co-workers to form a union.
At that point you only have two choices. You either join the union or face job termination. You can’t opt-out!
And once you “join” the union, you are forced to pay union dues. Again, you cannot opt-out. You have no choice in the matter, and the union dues will come directly out of each and every paycheck you receive!
Not only will you have no choice but to have those union dues taken out of your paycheck every week, you will have little or no say in how those dues are spent!