Va. bill aims to protect secret union ballot [View all]
Source: Washington Post
Va. bill aims to protect secret union ballot
23 minutes ago
By Laura Vozzella,
Michigan isn’t the only place where the GOP is trying to rein in unions.
In Virginia, already a right-to-work state, the Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee recently passed a bill that calls for amending the state’s constitution to guarantee voter privacy in union elections.
Held over from the 2012 General Assembly session, the bill is expected to come to the Senate floor in the session that opens Jan. 9.
“This amendment is essential if we are going to preserve voter integrity and privacy,” said Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), who introduced the measure. “No citizen should be forced to reveal how they voted in any election, be it a federal, state, local or a union election.”
Reeves’s bill is a response to proposed federal legislation to allow workers to organize by getting their co-workers to sign pro-union cards, a method known as “card check,” instead of by holding secret-ballot elections.