Give workers secret ballot on union vote
Karen Cox and her fellow employees deserve a fair vote on whether to unionize [regarding the front-page story titled “Local woman files labor complaint” on Jan. 11]. Unfortunately, her story is not unique.
The process that union leaders used to unionize Americold – known as a “card check” – is problematic. It makes unionization votes public, and puts employees in the uncomfortable position of publicly stating their position to a waiting union leader.
This process stifles deliberation and encourages conformity and intimidation. In some cases, like that at Americold, employees aren’t even aware that they’re voting on whether to unionize.
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