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Doheny: Preserve Secret Ballot for Union Workers

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Matt Doheny is visiting manufacturing and construction companies as part of his "50 Businesses, 50 Days" tour this week and, at some stops, getting an up close look at the hard work of union employees.

"I support a person's right to join a labor union, as long as that is a willing choice," said Doheny, the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties' candidate in the 21st Conservative District. "However, union bosses have recently pushed Congress to create a new way to hold elections, called "card check,' which would, in effect, eliminate the secret ballot used during union elections."

Doheny continued: "My Democratic opponent -- who has received more than $513,000 from union leadership -- supports "card check,' even thought it could lead to employees being pressured, intimidated or harassed by union bosses."

"The National Labor Relations Board established a process for union elections more than 70 years ago," said Doheny. "It may have been tweaked a bit since, but the end result is the same: Employees, union leadership and employers are all treated fairly in the process."

The candidate concluded: "This bad bill passed a Democratic-controlled House in 2007 and has the support of President Obama. We simply cannot allow my opponent to help make it reality and risk denying working-class Americans their fundamental right to a secret ballot election."


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