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Action Alert: Senate to debate labor reform bill, June 2007

June 18, 2007

Urge your senators to oppose S. 1041, the Employee Free Choice Act

Current situation

Today, the Senate is expected to begin debate on S. 1041, the Employee Free Choice Act, which, if enacted, will dramatically increase organized labor's ability to form unions and their leverage during contract negotiations.

The AFL-CIO and other labor unions have made the Employee Free Choice Act their top priority and have spent millions to promote it.

Solidly defeating the Employee Free Choice Act next week will be critical in ensuring this dangerous piece of legislation does not appear in the next Congress.

How your business will be affected

Currently, under the National Labor Relations Act, an employer has the right to call for a federally monitored, secret-ballot election for employees to determine whether they want to form a union. If enacted, S. 1041 would replace the secret ballot election with a "card-check" system, forcing workers to declare their support or opposition in public to forming a union. This will expose employees to coercion and intimidation tactics that are shielded by a secret-ballot system.

In addition, S. 1041 would mandate compulsory, binding arbitration on employers and employees as part of the collective-bargaining process if an agreement cannot be reached within the first 120 days of negotiations. This means government officials would impose binding terms of a labor contract, the terms of which would be in place for two years, regardless of whether the employer or employees approve of the terms.

What to do

Contact your senators to urge them to oppose S. 1041, the Employee Free Choice Act, because it not only runs counter to the basic democratic principles on which the U.S. was founded but also will allow government bureaucrats to dictate collective bargaining agreements.
  • Telephone your senators by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.
  • Contact your senators by e-mail. Visit www.senate.gov and click "Find Your Senators" in the upper right-hand corner.
For more information, contact Nick Tindall, NRCA's director of public affairs, at (202) 546-7584 or ntindall@nrca.net.

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