Star Bulletin: Protect Secret Ballot Elections

The Honolulu Star Bulletin is taking on Big Labor and their local congressman, Neil Abercrombie, by opposing efforts to enact the Card Check Scam Bill, both nationally and in Hawaii. The Star proclaims that Gov. Linda Lingle “. . . rightly vetoed a bill approved by the Legislature that would have had the effect of eliminating secret elections in union organizing . . . .”

Abercrombie had written an editorial supporting the elimination of secret ballot elections, but the Star didn’t find his reasoning compelling. “Abercrombie points out that management is known to pressure employees to reject union organization. That can be effective in discouraging them from signing union cards, but anonymity protected by secret ballots in union elections is the best way to thwart pressure from both management and labor.”