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  • 'No Employee Choice In This Act'

    Congressman Tom Price

    Washington – Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) had strong words against the Employee Free Choice Act today at the Conservative Bloggers’ Briefing, framing the debate in stark terms.

    “It doesn’t make any sense-none, unless you are interested in intimidation and coercion and retribution…to have a public peition-signing to form a union,” said Price. “This is just another nail in the coffin of American liberty and American freedom. I for one, will not go quietly into the night.”

    Congressman Price, leader of the Republican Study Committee, was echoed by Heritage’s James Sherk, a labor expert who has done extensive research on the EFCA. Sherk said the loss of the secret ballot was equaled only by the second provision in the bill.

     Section 3 of EFCA gives government officials the power to impose contracts on workers and firms. After a union organizes a business, there would a period of 130 days for management to offer them an “acceptable” contract. If the union does not agree, the matter would be sent to a federal arbitration board.

    “The entire contract. The entire employment contract [between labor and management], everything that would normally be negotiated in the give and take of collective bargaining will instead be imposed by the government,” he said. “You’re handing virtually entire control of the workplace over to government bureaucrats for two years. There are no limitations on the arbitrator’s power. There is no appeals process…There’s no accountability for the arbitrator whatsoever…He has no stake whatsoever in the success of the contract.”

    Although perhaps more difficult to understand than the idea of losing your right to a secret ballot, the government-imposed arbitration provision is potentially far more destructive to personal liberty and freedom.

    “There is no employee free choice in the act,” Sherk declared.

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    10 Responses to 'No Employee Choice In This Act'

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      What the heck is going on with our so called Government? Where are the "checks and balances" as put forth by the Founders? This whole nonsense must fail otherwise we are all going to be overrun by the "Fools on the Hill"!

      How is any business supposed to operate under these conditions?

      How are workers supposed to work under these conditions?

      Proposals like this bring us closer and closer to The United Socialist States of America!

    2. roger iowa says:

      The conservative Republican Party needs to stop trying to rely on unreliable media. Getting there opinions and beliefs out in the mainstream by not backing down to liberal democrats or there media allies and getting on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and all other conservative media to teach. They should teach what a real conservative is. The problem is no one in his or her office teaches conservatism to the people.

    3. bonesdmh says:

      i organized a union about 15 years ago,wouldn't do it today.at the time the MOST important issue was allowing people to vote a "secret ballot" or the CHOICE of not voting at all.what the devil has happened to our ability to choose publicly or privately.the more of our rights that are taken away is a slap in the face to all our armed forces who have given so much in order to keep us safe and free.

    4. rred says:

      Didn't we get to elect our officials by secret ballot?

      So many of our young men and women are fighting and dying trying to establish some of the precious rights that we have. One of the biggest being able to cast a secret vote without fear of intimidation. This is just wrong.

    5. Trent, ND says:

      This bill is ridiculous. I've written our so called moderate Democrat Senators several times on this bill and the response back is far from moderate. We all need to take action by informing our Senators how devisive this legislation is.

    6. Donna, Michigan says:

      Do these elected officials not work for us–those who put them in office? Our founding fathers must be turning in the graves to see the rights and liberties being stripped from us that they so couragesly fought for. I have challeged the contents of this bill for a long time, especially as mentioned before me–the loss of secret ballot and the ever increasing government control of our business in the form of dictating a collective bargaining agreement. Where will the stripping of our rights stop? We need to flood our reps with emails, letters etc. so they get the message of the majority of Americans.

    7. Tim AZ says:

      The founding fathers expected future generations to do their part to maintain our freedoms we enjoy. One of them even whent so far as to suggest that the blood of tyrants and scoundrels would have to be shed to nurish our freedoms. having been in the military I personally believe that is a completely true statement.

    8. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      Obama and his Comrades, who favor their misleadingly so-called "Employee Free Choice Act", deny that they are Socialists?

      Well, thanks to such "provisions" and facts in and about such as their so-called "EFCA", they can stop denying the abundantly evident and obvious…they are Socialists.

      Only deliberately deceitful and misleading Socialist government elitists, and their slavishly devoted accomplices and flunkies in academia, the media, and elsewhere, would deny that they are Socialists now.

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    10. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      Stop the Socialist thinking,Secret Ballots are the perfect way for Voters to feel Free!

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