WFI - Employers To Congress: We Will Not Allow Small Businesses To Go The Route Of The Auto Industry

Small Business Owners Fly-In From Across The Country To Meet With Elected Officials


Washington, D.C. (June 2, 2009) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today issued the following statement in advance of nearly 100 small business owners from eight states meeting with Members of Congress and their staffs concerning the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act. The employers represent 64 small businesses and local associations, and are visiting from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. They will be in the nation’s capital Tuesday, June 2nd through Wednesday, June 3rd.


“Small business is the backbone of this economy and the top job producer in our country. Today, employers from states represented by elected officials who will be pivotal votes against the Employee ‘Forced’ Act will ensure their voices are heard above those of union bosses,” said Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute. “We are communicating loud and clear to the Congress that small business will not support legislation that allows union boss demands to be carried out by a government-appointed arbitrator. The unreasonable and irrational demands of Big Labor executives have played a significant role in the collapse of the auto industry and we are drawing a line in the sand. In concert with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, employers are stating that they will not compromise on government-mandated contracts that lack the consent of workers and the elimination of secret ballot protections.”


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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