WFI RELEASE: Senator Harkin Should Tell The Union Bosses The Rest Of The Story

Legislation Including Mandatory, Binding Arbitration Is Going Nowhere

Washington, D.C. (May 4, 2009) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today issued the following statement in response to comments by Senator Tom Harkin, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and co-sponsor of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA).


“Today, Senator Harkin acknowledged what many of us have known for quite some time: eliminating the secret ballot in union-organizing elections does not have the support of the American people or their representatives in the U.S. Congress,” said Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute. “Sen. Harkin should take this opportunity to tell the union bosses the rest of the story: the binding arbitration component of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act is also a non-starter. Working Americans and small business owners will not stand for job-killing legislation that eliminates the rights of workers to vote on contracts and invites government bureaucrats into the workplace.”

A bill to eliminate secret ballot election in the workplace is currently making its way through Congress. Something like this could never happen, right? Actually, it could. Under the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act,” workers, in violation of our Democratic principles, would be denied their American right to a private ballot in union organizing elections in the workplace. Workers would be forced to publicly state their vote -- for everyone to see. This is more appropriately called the FORCED CHOICE ACT and would fundamentally change the rights of employees in the workplace ... it would force unions on them; force contracts on them and force payment of dues on them.

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