1. Card check, please. The business lobby is pushing back against labor. Republican pollster John McLaughlin is distributing data that he says shows that labor union support for "card check" elections could hurt Democratic candidates in the fall and help Republican incumbents.
Here's how he asked the question:
If an election were held to decide whether workers would organize a union, which one of the following types of elections is the best way to protect the individual rights of workers? Having a process where a union is organized if a majority of workers simply sign a card and the workers’ signatures are made public to their employer, the union organizers and their co-workers. OR, having a federally supervised secret and private ballot election where workers privately vote yes or no on whether to authorize union representation.
More than seven of ten votes in Maine, Minnesota and Colorado favor the secret election, although the wording of the question's preamble -- "best way to protect the individual rights of workers" is a bit loaded.
Read the memo here.
McLaughlin conducted the survey for the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, a corporate group opposed to the Employee Free Choice Act, a major priority for labor unions.
Wonky side note: McLaughlin, who worked for Sen. Fred Thompson's presidential campaign, is teaming with ex-Thompson communicatons director Todd Harris on the Coalition's behalf.
Polling side note: McLaughlin's poll has Democrat Mark Udall leading by 12 points over Republican Bob Schaffer, while Sen. Norm Coleman (R) leads by six points over Al Franken (D) in Minnesota, and Sen. Susan Collins (R) has a double-digit lead over Rep. Tom Allen (D)
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