USA Today, Politico repeated their previous falsehood that a secret ballot is currently required to form a union
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A USA Today blog and the Politico both repeated the false suggestion that a National Labor Relations Board election is currently required before obtaining union representation. In fact, current law already allows a union that shows it has the support of a majority of workers to represent the workers if their employer voluntarily agrees to recognize the union.
From the March 9 Politico article:
Tomorrow, Democrats in both houses of Congress plan to introduce a union-organizing bill that is labor's top priority for the year, Democratic officials said.
The result could be a high-decibel, high-stakes brawl between business and labor, which strongly supported President Barack Obama. Unions have been getting impatient for attention to the issue, and the push to introduce legislation is a way to ratchet up pressure on Congress.
President Obama, who has said he recognizes that "the business community ... considers this to be the devil incarnate," said in January that he would like to bring the sides together.
The measure -- widely known as card check and formally as the Employee Free Choice Act -- would allow a union to form after enough workers in a shop sign cards, or petitions, rather than voting by secret ballot.
"The fact that the bill is being introduced so early in the session is an indication of it being a priority and of confidence in the vote count," said a Democratic official involved in the negotiations.