Election Day is on the horizon. And thanks to the financial backing of extreme right-wing front groups, the anti-worker lies are just as pervasive as ever (T&D editorial: "S.C. will approve secret ballot votes on labor unions," Oct. 21). That's discouraging enough, but it's even worse to hear misinformation cloaked in the rhetoric of worker protection.
Contrary to what supporters of constitutional amendment No. 2 would have us believe, the so-called secret ballot is anything but secret for workers who want to form a union. Unscrupulous employers have the unlimited right to interrogate employees about their support for a union - and know that they can get away with retaliating against them due to weak labor laws. In fact, over one in three employers fires workers organizing unions under the current National Labor Relations Board election process.
So let's be honest with South Carolina voters. This amendment is more about political opportunism than a genuine concern for protecting the state's workers - an unwelcome distraction from the far right at a time when our focus should be on revamping the economy and rebuilding our dwindling middle class.
- Kimberly Freeman Brown
American Rights at Work