CEOs that used to make 40-times what their workers make now make upwards of 300-times, 400-times, and in some industries thousands of times more money than their workers.
And with all that money these CEOs can control our democracy, buy politicians, threaten workers, and live in a completely separate society safe from the rot that's taking hold in communities all across the nation as a result of the policies they're pushing.
With unionization rates at historic lows for modern America, it's clear labor needs a new weapon to fight back against the corporatocracy. They need what's called card-check.
Under current law, if workers want to form a union then 35% of the workforce has to sign a petition or a card stating they agree to be unionized. From there, the National Labor Relations Board will set up an election and if half of the workforce votes to unionize, then they have a union. Under this current procedure, employers have several tools - both legal and illegal - to disrupt the organizing process including intimidating or firing employees, spreading lies and misinformation about unions, threatening to close down stores, delaying union elections, and so on. It's an uphill battle to organize, which is why union busters have been so successful breaking up unions, while organizers have had so much trouble starting new unions.
But card check would level the playing field. With card-check, there is no election and employers never have to catch wind of what's going on. Basically, if 50-percent of all the workers sign a petition or card indicating they support forming a union, then that union is immediately recognized by the NLRB without the extra added step of an election and without an opportunity for employers to twist some arms.
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