Voters are likely to be confused by Constitutional Amendment A on the Nov. 2 ballot. It would specify that all elections, including those "to designate or authorize employee representation," be by secret ballot. In other words, elections to create union representation at Utah businesses would have to be by secret ballot.
We strongly agree that union organizing elections should be by secret ballot and that they should be administered by a neutral third party, the National Labor Relations Board. That's the way it works today under federal labor law. Otherwise, business owners or union organizers or both could intimidate workers and unfairly influence the results.
However, because, federal law already provides the secret ballot for union organizing elections we see no reason to tinker with the Utah Constitution. Further, we do not believe that the Utah Constitution is the proper place to decide labor law. We would urge Utahns, therefore, to vote "against" Constitutional Amendment A.