Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Teamsters' Distaste for Secret Ballots...


If there were ever a union that should not be involved in the union propaganda pushing for the delusionally-dubbed Employee Free Choice Act, it would be the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Since the Teamsters' union is but a mere shadow of its former self, most people do not remember that the Teamsters have such a disdain for democracy and secret-ballots that it took the federal government's imposed trusteeship in 1989 to force Teamster bosses to allow members to vote for their own union president. Prior to 1991, the union's first-ever election for Teamster president, organized crime bosses determined who would run the Teamsters.


To illustrate how much the Teamsters dislike secret-ballots, several months ago, Teamsters' president James P. Hoffa had the audacity to state: "Since when is the secret ballot a basic tenet of democracy?" Apparently, Mr. Hoffa has not read history as the secret-ballot goes as far back as ancient Greece.

Then, of course, there's the story of Teamsters local 445, out of Newburgh, NY.

The union claims to win 27 out of 28 secret-ballot elections [or 96%]. Nevertheless, the union believes that secret-ballots are bad and that doing away with them (through the delusionally-dubbed Employee Free Choice Act) is completely okay.
“In the past three years, our union has won 27 out of 28 elections it has conducted at various workplaces,” said Adrian Huff, secretary-treasurer and principal officer of Local 445.”However, these statistics tell only part of the story for there are at least another 27 workplaces where our efforts were ruined by illegal management tactics.” [Emphasis added.]

Oh really, Adrian? Does this collectvist really believe ending ballots altogether is likely to take care of ruining unnamed campaigns? Or is it that he, like his boss, just doesn't believe in people making a choice without a union goon standing over their shoulders?

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