In Minnesota, a labor advocacy group is pressing the state legislature to change the law to allow unions to organize shops without a secret ballot election. Their ads will be used to try to defeat GOP senators in New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon.
As a former teamster, I am totally against this change. I am not anti-labor. I am anti-intimidation. As the labor laws currently stand, unions are permitted to try to organize any business and those businesses have the right to try to persuade their employees on the merits of remaining non-union. There are positives and negatives to both positions. But the individual employee should have the right to keep his choice to himself in a secret ballot. The chance that intimidation will be used by both unions and employers if an employee cannot vote in secret is simply an intolerable imposition on an individual's freedom of choice.