On Tuesday evening, the House Rules Committee passed legislation to put in place a secret ballot procedure for union elections. The measure would address card check procedures, where a workplace can unionize merely by having a majority of workers sign a union card (in front of everyone else).
HB 800 began as “Streamlining NC Economic Dev for Job Creation.” However, it was completely gutted and a committee substitute was offered to put forth the anti-card check constitutional amendment. The constitutional amendment would need to be approved by voters in the November 2012 general election. Currently, roughly 4.9 percent of North Carolina employees are represented by unions.
Voter approval of such a constitutional amendment would allow individuals to determine independently, free from union boss intimidation, whether they would like to form and join a union. The House may pass the measure this week or hold it over for the special constitutional amendment session likely to be held in August or September.