Actually got a voicemail last night regarding this issue, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This seems like the oddest idea ever. Apparently, Ted Kennedy has introduced a bill that would require employees to vote on Union Membership in the open. The Chamber feels this will just open the door for blatant coersion from Union Officials to force employees to vote yes for unionizing.
Speaking of Unions, Gahagan posted on the Readers Blog about the story of the AFL-CIO coming out AGAINST the immigration bill.
Meanwhile the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, of course, has “applauded the bi-partisan” efforts of Congress and SUPPORTED the bill. Oddly enough it was pretty hard to find on the site, and the issue is curiously completely absent on the “I support business” section of the site. Possibly, they didn’t want to equate supporting business with supporting an amnesty bill.
Either way, Kennedy’s secret ballot bill looks pretty insane on the surface, although I still can’t see the impetus behind it in the first place, so possibly I’m malinformed. According to the Chamber site, they’re supposed to vote on it this week.