The Arizona State Legislature has been called into special session this week (Aug. 9th) to address a referendum on the “card check” issue. The federal government is considering a measure, “The Employee Free Choice Act, “ which if passed, would stipulate that employees at a business could form a union when a majority of the employees sign a card indicating a preference for the union. It would eliminate the necessity of an election by secret ballot.
Our referendum is an effort to prevent the federal law from taking precedence over state law.
If the referendum is passed, the right of employees to vote by secret ballot will be preserved. If the referendum fails, then employees may unionize when 50% of the employees sign a card indicating their agreement to form a union (“majority sign-up”).
The controversy lies in who is considered most likely to intimidate the employee. Proponents of card check believe employers intimidate their employees into not signing a card. Opponents of card check believe unions intimidate other employees into signing a card.
Please indicate your preference.