Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Five Simple Questions for Congress on the Employee Free Choice Act

On Tuesday, February 06, 2007, Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced HR 800—the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

While many in the 110th Congress were required to pass a union “litmus test” pledging their support of EFCA in order to gain union endorsements in last November’s elections, few seem to care about the practical ramifications of this lethal legislation.

The Employee Free Choice Act has two major provisions that will kill American jobs, as well as drastically alter America’s thriving economy:

First, it will strip workers of their right to vote in a government-supervised secret-ballot election on whether or not to become unionized, giving paid union officials the unfettered ability to manipulate and coerce workers into signing a blank-check for a union to enter their workplace.

Second, within 120 days of unionization, EFCA allows an outside third-party arbitrator to dictate what a company should pay its workers. Third-party arbitrators have no vested interest, nor knowledge of an employer’s economic or competitive condition.

In response to the introduction of this dangerous legislation, EmployerReport.com has issued the following five questions for the 110th Congress to answer with a simple “yes” or “no” before casting their votes on this dangerous legislation:

1. Do you believe that denying individuals their right to vote in a secret-ballot is democratic, let alone American?

2. Will you be able to explain to the small business owner how an outside third-party dictating wages and benefits through forced arbitration will help him stay competitive and keep workers employed?

3. In our so-called “global economy,” will you be able to stop the importation of foreign-made goods or the exportation of American jobs once the Employee Free Choice Act is passed and more companies lose their competitive edge?

4. Will you be able tell the American workers whose jobs will be lost to more outsourcing and downsizing why you supported the Employee Free Choice Act?

5. Do you believe that the Constitution’s First Amendment, which grants all Americans their Freedom of Speech should be taken away from individuals, merely because they own a business?

If you answered “NO” to any of these questions, then your vote should be “NO” to the Employee Free Choice Act.

To learn more about the Employee Free Choice Act and how it will kill more American jobs, visit

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