Rep. Buck McKeon

“The worst piece of legislation I have come across in twenty-plus years of public service.”

“This bill is not only undemocratic: it’s dangerous.”

“When we would elect our class officers we would all put our head on the desks and raise our hands for those students we were supporting…I prize (the) secret ballot for workers, keeping them safe from intimidation.”

He also suggested that binding arbitration takes away workers’ rights to vote on contracts.

(This bit about the secret ballot is really rich. Nowhere in the bill are such ballots outlawed, nor are secret ballot elections any harder to obtain. However, the bill allows workers to vote for a union from by signing a card in the privacy of their own home or anywhere the hell else, so as to avoid shop-floor intimidation or, maybe worse, the usual blitz of very public firings, demotions and shitty media assaults that bosses have perpetrated with little to no fear of punitive repecrussions.)


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