Alexander Cosponsors Union ‘Secret Ballot Protection Act’

Legislation Would Guarantee Right of Workers to Vote their Conscience

Posted on May 7, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) cosponsored legislation that would guarantee the right of workers considering unionization to a secret ballot that would protect them from intimidation or coercion. “There are few more fundamental rights than the secret ballot, whether it’s a vote for President, Mayor, or to unionize a workplace,” Alexander said. “American workers – particularly in right-to-work states like Tennessee – deserve to be able to vote their consciences without having to worry about potential retaliation.” The Secret Ballot Protection Act has 23 cosponsors, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It was offered as a counter to legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) that would allow a workplace to be unionized simply by the gathering of signatures from a majority of employees. “You don’t have to be a labor lawyer to know that the peer pressure and outright intimidation are often factors in unionization campaigns,” Alexander said. “The secret ballot grants workers the freedom to make their decision on the merits, rather than pressure from organizers or management.” Alexander sits on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.