Duncan amendment protecting secret ballots in union certification elections passes House

May 10, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson issued the following statement praising the House of Representatives for passing an amendment by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) to HR 5326 that protects state laws guaranteeing secret ballots in union certification elections from being challenged by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

“Four states, Arizona, Utah, South Carolina, and South Dakota had the audacity to overwhelmingly pass state constitutional amendments that guarantee a secret ballot in union certification elections. Now, the NLRB has decided to sue two of them, Arizona and South Dakota. But thanks to Rep. Duncan’s amendment to an agency appropriations bill, the NLRB will be prohibited from using any funds to litigate against any state on the question of secret ballot union elections.

“This is one step necessary to defang the NLRB from using the force of law to impose Big Labor’s agenda on businesses and on states. We applaud the House, and Rep. Duncan, for their efforts. As for every member who voted no, now they have to explain to their constituents why think it’s okay for Johnny ‘Sack’-like union bosses to be looking over workers’ shoulders when they vote on union certification.”


“Secret ballot elections? Not if the NLRB has its way,” By Rick Manning, Director of Communications, Americans for Limited Government, Oct. 26, 2011 at http://netrightdaily.com/2011/10/secret-ballot-elections-not-if-the-nlrb-has-its-way/

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