Congress is considering the Employee Free Choice Act. But it isn’t free choice. It jeopardizes workers’ rights to a secret ballot when deciding on union representation. Congress is elected by secret ballot and should not endorse anything less for its constituents.
Nationally, small businesses perpetuate the most jobs, and the same is true in North Dakota. According to the Small Business Administration, more than 18,000 small businesses in North Dakota are keeping North Dakotans employed. These businesses range from restaurants to construction to retail and will be at risk if the Employee Free Choice Act passes in Congress.
I have read with interest the letters to the editor about the pending card check legislation. It is legislation that is labeled as the Employee Free Choice Act to make it more palatable for those who do not read beyond the title. Pure and simple, it is an attack on the civil liberties of U.S. employers, and more importantly, U.S. workers. It is a union power grab.
I can understand, but not appreciate, why businesses and chambers of commerce are lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act. It threatens their power. What I do not understand is why they feel compelled to misinterpret the facts.
In the early 1990s I worked operating heavy equipment for a company based out of Moorhead. Upon applying, I was informed I would need to join the union to work for this company. Being young and needing the employment, I did.
I have worked as a letter carrier for the Postal Service for more than 30 years. I started working for the Postal Service shortly after returning from a combat tour in Vietnam. I deliver the mail come rain or shine, or, if it’s like it was March 10, in a foot of snow.
Local debate over the proposed Employee Free Choice Act is starting to heat up.
Supporters launched a grass-roots effort Wednesday urging lawmakers to pass congressional legislation that would make forming a union easier.
Today, the three local chambers of commerce kick off their efforts opposing the act.
Once again, the anti-worker crowd – particularly the Chamber of Commerce – engages in distortion and revisionism in it scurrilous attacks on the Employee Free Choice Act. Why, given the blather generated, you would think the world would come to an end if this simple piece of fair-play legislation passes.
The Forum recently ran a letter by Jim Wilson of Bismarck titled “Act takes choice away from worker,” about the Employee Free Choice Act. His letter got the issue exactly wrong – and I’d like to set the record straight.
I was saddened to read the Feb. 17 letter by Kevin Murch supporting the Employee Free Choice Act. The liberals did a great job giving it a nice name, but a more proper name would be the Unions Run All Businesses Act.
Let me tell you what would happen if all businesses would unionize. Employers would be forced to pay higher wages, much more than what the company can afford. Employers would have no choice but to raise prices. When prices go up, fewer people buy; when fewer people buy, the economy tanks.
Recently, The Forum ran an article by Jon Knutson titled “Proposal to make union formation easier generates heat,” which described the relative merits of the Employee Free Choice Act. I am writing in response because I feel it is important to emphasize that this legislation could have profoundly disruptive repercussions for small businesses, like mine, the hard-working men and women we employ, and the economy as a whole.
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