When Sen. Robert Wagner introduced his 1935 bill that was to become the nation's basic labor law, the National Labor Relations Act, he declared: "Democracy cannot work unless it is honored in the factory as well as the polling booth; men cannot be truly free in body and in spirit unless their freedom extends into the places where they earn their daily bread."
Since then, the National Labor Relations Board, which administers the National Labor Relations Act, has conducted some 423,000 elections involving more than 40 million employees.
In running elections, the NLRB makes voting simple and convenient by setting up polling places wherever employees work. In short, secret-ballot elections are at the core of our nation's basic labor law.
Moving ahead to today, organized labor and its congressional supporters are seeking to supplant our nation's basic labor law with the so-called Employee Free Choice Act. The House passed its version, H.R. 800, on March 1 by a vote of 241 to 185.