Is Another Card-Check Fight Brewing?


The Wall Street Journal's Melanie Trottman reports that four states are picking a fight with the federal government over card-check:

Attorneys general in four states—Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah—joined together Thursday to say they'll fight back if the federal government carries out its threat to file lawsuits over the states' new constitutional amendments that require secret-ballot elections before a company can be unionized.

The National Labor Relations Board says the states can't override federal law that gives workers the option of the so-called card-check method, which lets workers check a box on a card to indicate their interest in forming a union, though employers still have the final say about whether they want to recognize the union once union organizers tally the marks on the cards….

In a joint letter to NLRB acting general counsel Lafe Solomon, the four attorneys general said they "reject" his demand to stipulate the amendments are unconstitutional. They urged him to reconsider and respect the decisions of their states' voters, who passed the amendments by votes that ranged from 60% in Utah to 86% in South Carolina.

Read the whole story here. Read Reason's coverage of the card-check debate right here.