We have recently been informed that the “Employee Free Choice Act” — also known as “card check” — may be voted on in the U.S. Senate during the month of June. It is urgent that you contact your Senators to tell them to oppose this radical legislation.

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THE ISSUE: The “Employee Free Choice Act”, H.R. 1409 & S. 560, takes privacy, power and voice away from America’s working people by robbing them of their right to a private ballot in federally supervised elections when deciding whether or not to join a labor union.  Basically, once 50.1% of your employees sign a “card”, your business is unionized!  In addition, the act would allow federal arbitrators to eventually dictate your employment policies and practices.

See below for an issue summary and talking points.

Action: Please call or email your Senators and tell them to OPPOSE the Employee Free Choice Act. Simply click on CFA Votes! to send a customizable letter.

Employee Free Choice Act- HR 1409, S. 560

SUMMARY: Currently, the preferred method for determining whether or not employees want a union to represent them is through a private-ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB provides detailed procedures to ensure a fair election, free of fraud. Because of NLRB safeguards, employees may cast votes confidentially without peer pressure or coercion from unions or employer s. The Employee Free Choice Act replaces private-ballot elections with public card check elections, letting unions organize a workplace if a simple majority of workers sign a card. Card check systems make employees’ votes public and invite coercion and intimidation into what should be a very private decision.

Talking Points:

  • “Card-Check” would end an employee’s right to a private ballot and subject them to potential intimidation.  Employees would be forced to pay union dues, even if they oppose unionization.
  • Employers would lose their right to share information with employees, including the impacts unionization would have on the company such as increased costs or mandates.
  • Employers would need to negotiate employment contracts with the union within a 3-month period or allow a federal-mandated arbitrator to determine wages, benefits and other contract-related matters.
  • The legislation increases financial penalties on employers for not honoring all aspects of the “card check” law, including during any arbitration process.
  • Employees in “right-to-work” states who choose not to pay dues or join a union would find their current right to directly negotiate with their employer eliminated.

Action: Please call or email your Senators and tell them to OPPOSE the Employee Free Choice Act. Simply click on CFA Votes! to send a customizable letter.

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