Votes Against Cloture on Measure He Says, ‘Kowtows to Union Bosses at Workers’ Expense”

Posted on June 26, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander today voted against cloture on the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007, which he has called the “Secret Ballot Elimination Act.” “This proposed legislation is brazen kowtowing to union bosses,” Alexander said today during a speech on the Senate floor. “What’s next if we get rid of the secret ballot for elections to become a union? Will we get rid of the secret ballot for union leaders, for Senators, for Governors, for managers of the pension funds? The right to vote is the essence of our democracy. Not having someone looking over your shoulder while you vote makes that precious right even more precious. There is a reason we have a secret ballot. It makes a difference.” The bill would repeal provisions of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act guaranteeing workers the right to a National Labor Relations Board-conducted secret ballot election if a union demands recognition. However, it continues to require a secret ballot for a union to disband. The cloture motion, which needed 60 votes to pass, failed in a 51 to 48 vote.