“Every single Senator ought to support this bill.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
These quotes should remove any doubt. If Obama is elected President, the Employee Free Choice Act will become law. Whether or not the removal of secret ballots in deciding union elections makes employees more free is not important. Since 1989, unions have contributed almost $500 million to political campaigns. Over 90% of that cash has gone to Democrats. The favor will be paid back by an Obama administration and a Democratic congress.
So what does this mean? The elimination of secret ballots will make it much easier to unionize. Secret ballots are the cornerstone of any modern democracy for a reason. People can vote without the pressure that an open petition would apply. More unions = higher wages and benefits for Restaurants, hotel, casino, and most leisure companies.
For the restaurant industry, labor costs have been a significant issue for years. At this point in the cycle, there is no reason to assume that these labor cost increases are going away. Instead, the mandated increase in minimum wage, coupled with the Employee Free Choice Act could accelerate labor cost pressures for all restaurant companies.
Something to think about.......