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Company Believes Secret Ballot Protection Act of 2004 Protects Individuals from Union Abuse

CINCINNATI – In light of the labor movement's escalating campaign to rob individuals of the secret-ballot election process in making decisions about unionization, the Secret Ballot Protection Act of 2004 is a necessary safeguard to protect individual rights and freedom of choice, Cintas Corporation stated today.

The Secret Ballot Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Charlie Norwood of Georgia , seeks to ensure that workers everywhere have continued access to the proven government-supervised, secret-ballot election process when making decisions about whether or not to be unionized. Cintas supports the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) secret-ballot election process and believes that all employees across America should have the right to say yes – and the freedom to say no – to union membership.

Increasingly, unions are working to rob employees of their full rights to the democratic process. Labor is pushing legislation that seeks to abolish secret-ballot elections in future decisions about unionization – an ironic twist, given that those legislators who support such measures are elected through the secret-ballot process they seek to outlaw.

Rather than elections, labor's “no-vote” process – also called “card-check” – relies instead on cards collected by paid union organizers and other individuals as the sole means to determine union membership, a process with a long and well-documented history of union abuse and outright fraud.

When companies oppose labor's card-check demands, unions launch extensive extortion campaigns to force companies into selling-out their employees into “no-vote” schemes. These campaigns against companies include allegations of wrongdoing, attacks on customers, efforts to block permits, unwarranted inquiries by governmental bodies, tactics to drive down stock price, political pressure and other actions. Such union campaigns always end abruptly as soon as a company agrees to a “no-vote” deal with a union – a fact documented over the years.

Such “no-vote” deals are increasingly the subject of legal challenges, as employees sue employers and unions for making backroom deals that rob workers of their rights to secret-ballot elections.

Workers are also voicing their opposition to union pressure tactics through petitions and Unfair Labor Practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board. For example, employees at dozens of Cintas facilities across North America have filed numerous petitions opposing union attempts to coerce Cintas into a “no-vote” deal.

Cintas encourages all those who endorse individual freedoms to actively voice their support of the Secret Ballot Protection Act of 2004.

Wade Gates

About Cintas
Headquartered in Cincinnati , Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America . Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products and first aid and safety products for over 500,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The Company has achieved 34 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.


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