As the US Congress makes a renewed push to overturn long-standing
secret ballot elections for labor unions, North Carolina voters are
casting a doubtful eye on its actions.
According to a new poll released today by Civitas Institute, 54
percent of North Carolina voters prefer the current federally
supervised secret ballot elections for unionization as opposed to an
open card-check effort, which aspires to force workers into publicly
displaying personal votes. Only 32 percent of voters prefer the
card-check method. Fourteen percent of voters were unsure.
Voters will also hold elected officials responsible who support
taking away the right of workers to secret-ballot elections. When asked
if they were more or less likely to vote for a Senator who supports
eliminating secret-ballot elections for union workers, 44 percent of
voters said they were less likely to support that Senator’s
re-election. Only 21 percent said they were more likely to support them
again. Twenty-four percent of voters said a Senator’s support for
card-check legislation would have no bearing on their support.
“This should be seen as a strong message to Senators Burr and Hagan
that North Carolina voters do not approve of card-check legislation and
will hold any Senator, who votes for the bill, personally accountable
for their actions,” added De Luca.
Full text of questions:
“Currently, in order to form a labor union, workers hold a federally
supervised secret ballot election to determine if a majority of workers
voted for unionization. Some in Congress want to replace secret-ballot
elections with a system where workers would publicly sign a card
stating they wanted unionization. Which system do you think is best?”
Private Ballot – 54%
Public Card Signature – 32%
Not Sure – 14%
“Would you be more or less likely to re-elect a United States
senator who supports eliminating secret ballot elections for union
More – 21%
Less – 44%
No Difference – 24%
Not Sure – 11%
Full press release here.