After Congressman Interferes: Trump Casino to Unionize
After Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) conducted his own Card Check organizing campaign, dealers at the Trump Casino in Atlantic City voted to join the United Auto Workers (UAW). The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has filed an unfair labor practice charge that points out that Congressman Andrews led an extraordinary public event (which was televised and disseminated by other media) and aided UAW union officials in interfering with the free exercise of employee rights in choosing whether to unionize. “Acting under the false imprimatur of NLRB [National Labor Relations Board] authority,” Andrews counted union authorization cards that were not necessarily intended by employees to be considered formal votes, and he signed and announced a “Certification of Majority Status” for unionization.
The NLRB charge notes that such actions tend to suppress turnout for the upcoming election, induce employees to vote for a “pre-certified” union, disenfranchise employees, and destroy the “laboratory conditions” under which NLRB elections must take place. Only the NLRB may “certify” a union and only after a formal, secret ballot election.
No response yet from the NLRB but Andrews’ action should become symbolic of the pressure workers will feel should the Card Check scam become law.