Voters Side With Small Businesses, Not Labor Bosses

Katie Gage
November 13, 2010
TownHall

Last Tuesday, voters throughout the country sent a clear and unmistakable message: the economy is the top issue and they stand with job creators. While this would seem like its good news for just about everyone, there is one constituency who is operating at a deficit, and that’s union bosses.

Big Labor bet against small businesses, and in favor of job-killing legislation and policies that will set us back. And they experienced a rude awakening on Election Day. While labor bosses try to sugarcoat the news; I am hard pressed to find much for them to celebrate.

In Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire, the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) formed state coalitions to inform voters where their candidates stood on economic policies, specifically the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA). And in forum after forum, EFCA was part of the discussion and candidates either ducked the issue altogether or opposed it outright. The days of making excuses such as not having seen the language in the bill or not being sure it would ever come up for a vote, just didn’t cut it.

The reason EFCA was impossible to avoid was because small businesses banded together and made sure it was front and center. They understood the legislation was so deeply flawed that all it required was attention and it would never survive in the light of day.

In Colorado, Senator Michael Bennet opposed EFCA after sitting on the fence for over a year. He now returns to Washington, D.C. and is on the record concerning job-killing legislation.

In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Dr. Rand Paul was an avowed opponent of both eliminating the secret ballot and mandatory, binding arbitration. His opponent spoke out in favor of job-killing legislation and lost by a wide margin.

In Nevada, labor bosses dumped in millions and millions to save Senator Harry Reid, and while they did, he ignored their top priority – the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act – and knew he couldn’t advocate for legislation forcing small businesses to close their doors in a state with over 14% unemployment.

And in New Hampshire, the Senate contest never really materialized as Representative Paul Hodes couldn’t make a pro-growth or jobs argument with his support for job-killing legislation opposed by just about every business organization in the state.

Last, but certainly not least, West Virginia perfectly exemplified the burdens faced by Big Labor bosses. Governor Joe Manchin strongly supported EFCA, even signing a letter to Senators Reid and Mitch McConnell advocating for the job-killing bill. But when questions arose on the campaign trail, Manchin did a 180° and came out against the legislation and its anti-worker provisions. The only thing missing was a commercial where he fired a shot through an image of it.

The resounding message from this election was that the small business community matters and voters will not tolerate an agenda that threatens its viability or existence. Outside of a few examples, those supporting the union boss agenda changed their positions on EFCA or lost at the ballot box. The question now is whether President Obama took note? His promises to “payback” Big Labor will not bode well with the people who showed up on Election Day 2010, and will do so again, presumably on Election Day 2012.

But the threat of job-killing action is very much alive in regulatory agencies where unelected bureaucrats do the bidding of special interests and ignore the will of the people. Therefore, the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) will continue to shine a spotlight on the actions of this administration – such as attempts to institute cyber card check and quickie elections exposing workers to coercion and intimidation – and we will continue to inform the public and activate our grassroots network to take action against these threats wherever they present themselves.

Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces union contracts on workers without a vote of approval, and expose workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.

Help us speak out against this woefully misguided and blatantly anti-worker legislation. Review and send the message below to your members of Congress today.

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WFI Key Vote Letter: Opposition to PRO Act

— 02.10.2020 —
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: On behalf of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), I am writing to share our organization’s vehement opposition to H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving. Please note that WFI will include votes on the PRO Act and its amendments on our Congressional Labor Scorecard, which scores and ranks legislators based on their activity associated with workplace issues. WFI was established to fight for American employees and employers as well as our entire economy. We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace, and the right to freely choose whether to organize or not. No individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should be able to intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. In an attempt to boost flailing union membership at the expense of workers’ rights, the PRO Act would upend decades of established U.S. labor law and institute myriad anti-employee and anti-employer policies that have already been soundly rejected—by Congress, various federal agencies, or the courts. Among its most blatant affronts to workers’ rights, the PRO Act would eliminate the right to a secret ballot when determining whether to unionize and enforce a “card check” system, exposing workers to the potential for harassment, intimidation, and coercion. The PRO Act would also enforce binding arbitration in union negotiations by a government- appointed bureaucrat; repeal and eliminate right-to-work laws in 27 states, force workers to fund union activities regardless of whether they support them; and threaten the ability of individuals to operate as independent contractors, eliminating traditional economic and employment opportunities and threatening the independence and flexibility of the emerging gig economy. On top of all that, the PRO Act would force all workers’ personal and home contact information to be provided to a union during organizing campaigns – in an electronic, searchable format no less, with no limit on what a union can do with that information. WFI believes in advancing sensible policies that protect and preserve the rights of both employees and employers, and we welcome the opportunity to work with legislators who also support these efforts. However, the PRO Act does not achieve these goals and would instead threaten the rights of both while jeopardizing our entire economy. WFI urges members of the House to strongly oppose the PRO Act. Sincerely, Heather Greenaway Executive Director Workforce Fairness Institute See the letter here.
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