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Do you think it should be illegal to coerce workers to vote for who would benefit the corporation

I've been reading some troubling accounts of the Koch brothers and their coercive tactics during the last election. And was wondering if you think it's acceptable to send letters out to workers advising them who to vote for? Do you think that this sort of thing can be construed as intimidation?

For most Koch employees, the “helpful items” included a list of Koch-approved candidates, which was presented on a separate page labeled “Elect to Prosper.” A brief introduction to the list reads: “The following candidates in your state are supported by Koch companies and KOCHPAC, the political action committee for Koch companies. We believe these candidates will best advance policies supporting economic freedom.”

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adnilm

Asked by adnilm at 2:27 PM on Apr. 21, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Your liberal unions do it.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 2:28 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Yes, I do. Same with labor unions.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 2:30 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • To inform people of how their vote my affect their job - OK


    To coerce someone to vote a certain way - not ok


    But that is why our votes are private. So I guess I find it perfectly acceptable.

    Candi1024

    Answer by Candi1024 at 2:33 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Yes, but we're not getting rid of unions that easily.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:33 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Yes.
    Eek_a_Geek

    Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 2:33 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Providing information to employees is not illegal. I've received "voter guides" from the CSEA, and have seen them from other unions.

    REQUIRING them to vote a specific way IS illegal, and I don't care who's doing it.

    PRESSURING someone to do something is a guaranteed way to get them to do the opposite. Anyone who has raised a child can tell you that.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:41 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Public sector unions that contribute most of the reelection funds to their Democrat toadies and expect them to favor them in all negotiations with said unions, are the real exploiters. The taxpayer is relegated to accepting whatever the toady and the union demand and too bad for you if that means twice the wages and benefits of the private sector. Koch Brothers prosperity or lack thereof is directly related to their decisions...not the unions. It is in the Koch self-interest to run a smoothly operating business and that means keeping a competitive work force that has incentive to work hard and with integrity because they will be rewarded based on performance, not because some Marxist union boss dreams of a takeover. Intimidation tactics by unions are the real threat to all of us.
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 2:44 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Your liberal unions do it.
    <<<<<
    Unions aren't employers
    adnilm

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 2:44 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Providing information to employees is not illegal. I've received "voter guides" from the CSEA, and have seen them from other unions.

    REQUIRING them to vote a specific way IS illegal, and I don't care who's doing it.

    PRESSURING someone to do something is a guaranteed way to get them to do the opposite. Anyone who has raised a child can tell you that.
    >>>
    Unless you are an employee of the specific union, it is not the same thing
    adnilm

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 2:46 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Public sector unions that contribute most of the reelection funds to their Democrat toadies and expect them to favor them in all negotiations with said unions, are the real exploiters. The taxpayer is relegated to accepting whatever the toady and the union demand and too bad for you if that means twice the wages and benefits of the private sector. Koch Brothers prosperity or lack thereof is directly related to their decisions...not the unions. It is in the Koch self-interest to run a smoothly operating business and that means keeping a competitive work force that has incentive to work hard and with integrity because they will be rewarded based on performance, not because some Marxist union boss dreams of a takeover. Intimidation tactics by unions are the real threat to all of us.
    >>>>
    Are you answering another question?
    adnilm

    Comment by adnilm (original poster) at 2:47 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

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