As we reported yesterday, Rep. John Kilne (R-MN) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act in the House and Senate.  The text of the House version, H.R. 1176, is now available at GovTrack.us and Thomas.gov.  The introduction to the bill reads:

Congress finds that–

 

(1) the right of employees under the National Labor Relations Act to choose whether to be represented by a labor organization by way of secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board is among the most important protections afforded under Federal labor law;

 

(2) the right of employees to choose by secret ballot is the only method that ensures a choice free of coercion, intimidation, irregularity, or illegality; and

 

(3) the recognition of a labor organization by using a private agreement, rather than a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, threatens the freedom of employees to choose whether to be represented by a labor organization, and severely limits the ability of the National Labor Relations Board to ensure the protection of workers.

The bill further amends the National Labor Relations Act to make it an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP):

…to cause or attempt to cause an employer to recognize or bargain collectively with a representative of a labor organization that has not been selected by a majority of such employees in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in accordance with section 9.

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