Amid the various Election 2010 returns, NAM’s Shopfloor.org reports on the passage of ballot initiatives in four states to require secret ballots in union representation elections:
In a multistate rebuke to organized labor, voters in four states are approving measures to reaffirm the sanctity of the secret ballot. No Employee Free Choice Act for us, they say.
South Carolina, AP, “SC voters OK right to secret ballot in union votes”
South Dakota, Constitutional Amendment K: “An Amendment to Article VI of the South Dakota Constitution relating to the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot. Precincts: 578/791
In Utah, Constitutional Amendment A is leading in early balloting, 58-42 percent.
We reported on similar efforts here in early 2009, noting that federal preemption principles likely pose significant legal challenge to the enforcement of state provisions such as these. Based on these election results, we may soon find out if that assessment is correct or not.
More information and commentary:
- "Ballot measures guaranteeing secret ballot in union elections pass in four states" — Greenberg Traurig’s LE Blog
- "State Secret Ballot Measures" — Workplace Prof Blog
- "Corporate-Backed Anti-Union ‘Secret Ballot’ Measures Pass in Four States" — AFL-CIO NOW Blog