Employee Free Choice Act: "Fox Facts" vs. actual facts

››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

Fox News has run on-screen text, often billed as "Fox Facts," falsely claiming that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would "kill workplace secret ballots," "kill workers' right to secret ballot" and "take away workers' right to have a secret ballot vote." In fact, as the Christian Science Monitor has noted, the legislation "gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up ('card check') or an election by secret ballot." Fox News has also aired on-screen text claiming that "current law requires workers to vote by secret ballot"; in fact, current law already allows a union that shows it has the support of a majority of workers to represent the workers if their employer voluntarily agrees to recognize the union.

In recent days, Fox News has run on-screen text -- often billed as "Fox Facts" -- falsely claiming that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would "kill workplace secret ballots," "kill workers' right to secret ballot" and "take away workers' right to have a secret ballot vote." In fact, the legislation would not eliminate employees' right to a secret ballot; as The New York Times reported, "Business groups have attacked the legislation because it would take away employers' right to insist on holding a secret-ballot election to determine whether workers favored unionization" [emphasis added]. Indeed, as the Christian Science Monitor has noted, "[t]he proposed law gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up ('card check') or an election by secret ballot."

Additionally, Fox News has repeatedly aired on-screen text falsely claiming that "current law requires workers to vote by secret ballot." In fact, as Media Matters for America has noted, current law already allows a union that shows it has the support of a majority of workers to represent the workers if their employer voluntarily agrees to recognize the union.

Media Matters has noted that Fox News hosts and contributors have frequently advanced falsehoods about the Employee Free Choice Act. Think Progress has also noted that, in recent days, Fox News has frequently distorted facts when discussing the bill.

Below are examples of Fox News on-screen text advancing the falsehood that the Employee Free Choice Act would eliminate secret ballots or employees' right to a secret ballot.

From the March 12 edition of America's Newsroom:

From the March 11 edition of The Live Desk:

From the March 11 edition of America's Newsroom:

From the March 10 edition of America's Newsroom:

Below are examples of Fox News on-screen text falsely claiming that current law requires workers to vote by secret ballot.

From the March 12 edition of America's Newsroom:

From the March 11 edition of The Live Desk:

From the March 10 edition of The Live Desk:

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