CINTAS SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO SAFEGUARD DEMOCRATIC PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE
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.
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.