What happens when Mitt Romney recommends that business owners talk to their employees about the consequences of a second Obama term? Upset liberals! Here is the “leaked” video…
And, here is commentary from Working in These Times…
In the June call, Romney went on to reassure his audience that it is perfectly legal for them to talk to their employees about how to vote:
Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.
He’s correct that such speech is now legal for the first time ever, thanks to the Citizen United ruling, which overturned previous Federal Election Commission laws that prohibited employers from political campaigning among employees.
In the post-Citizens United era, “there is not much political protection for at-will employees in the private sector workplace,” explains University of Marquette Law Professor Paul Secunda, a pro-union labor lawyer. “It is conceivable, under the current legal regime, that an employer like Koch could actually get away with forcing his employees, on pains of termination, to campaign for a given candidate or political party.”
And, here is some more from Think Regress…
There have already been some reports of employers suggesting how their employees should cast their ballots. A CEO of a Florida resort company threatened to fire his employees if Obama won. The CEO of a timeshare company did the same. And the famous right-wing Koch brothers warned of “consequences” of not voting for Romney.
Now, let’s take a second and look at this, because hypocrisy abounds…
1. An employer has no way of knowing how an employee voted. How can they, with the secret ballot? However, unions want to get rid of secret ballot elections for their purposes. They want employees to sign a card, in the open view of union representatives, so they will know exactly who supported the union. That, and they’ll know their address, phone number, and the like. But, that’s OK, because they’re liberals.
2. No employer, in any scenario discussed, has threatened employees. What they have done is told employees that Obama and his policies are so bad for business that some may may have to do layoffs to stay in business. And, it would also be logical to predict that many small businesses may go under entirely in Obama term two, because they won’t be able to afford all of the new taxes and regulations. But, unions can offer all sorts if dire predictions, and it’s perfectly OK, even when none of them come to pass.
3. Citizens United did removed restrictions from employees that allows them to share information with their employees. But, once again, that only serves to level the playing field. For places where people are forced to join a union, they union bosses have been telling people how to vote for decades. Essentially, liberals don’t want balance in the workplace anymore than they want in on the airwaves. They seek to control information, so this is an affront to that intent.
4. Remember this story about union bosses fining members if they did not support Elizabeth Warren?
In the end, this appears to be a classic case of liberal projection. They use lies, threats and intimidation to get their people in line, and to silence dissent in the ranks. Since they do this as standard practice, it’s reasonable to assume that they would assume others do it to, even if the others are not.