As the Senate prepares to begin debate on a bill that would compromise a worker’s right to cast a government-supervised, private ballot when deciding whether to join a union, I pledge to oppose the bill that would leave workers exposed to pressure, intimidation and coercion by co-workers and labor union leaders.

The right to a private ballot is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, and I will defend that right as the Senate debates this bill. We must work aggressively to defeat this proposal. Working Americans deserve to choose what’s right for them in the workplace without fear, coercion or pressure and without having to publicly disclose or defend their views to hostile coworkers or unions.  It would be the height of hypocrisy and irresponsibility for members of Congress – all of whom were elected by private ballot – to strip away that fundamental right.

The so-called “Employee Free Choice Act,