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Monday, October 13, 2008

What's that about Obama and voting rights?

Posted By on 10.13.08 at 03:18 PM

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McCain has a "new" stump speech--mostly leftovers, but one thing caught my eye:

‘‘Sen. Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi and Sen. (Harry) Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq’’

OK, that's a new one. What he's referring to is the Employee Free Choice Act, which has passed the House but not the Senate. In it, there's a provision that employees can unionize by signing cards instead of having to vote on secret ballots, aka "majority signup." Here's the AFL-CIO's take; in opposition, the Heritage Foundation. Basically the pro-EFCA people think it keeps employers from harassing employees, and the anti-EFCA people think it keeps unions and employers from harassing employees. I don't know enough about the dynamics of union voting to opine reasonably either way. Obama came out for the EFCA in 2007 (from his Senate site).

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