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He may have not scored the points that Sen. Bob Corker landed with his bashing of auto workers during the Detroit bailout hearings, but Sen. Lamar Alexander is playing a decent game of catch-up. He's denounced the the Employee Free Choice Act as "the most radical piece of legislation before Congress."
It's the kind of rhetoric that plays well with Chamber of Commerce types, and should land him some fat campaign checks. The only problem is it just isn't true.
The act simply allows workers considering unionization to choose whether they'll vote by secret ballot or by signing cards. Under present rules, employers get to make this call.
What's radical is that everyone expects the change will lead to more successful unions drives. And that's freaking Alexander's patrons out. So the senator, a man not normally prone to speaking in standard Republican lunacy, has adopted the party's disingenuous sound-bites.
"It ought to be called the Employee No Choice Act because it takes away the secret ballot," he tells the Chattanooga Time Free Press
. No, senator, it simply takes away the right of employers to force a secret ballot upon their workers.