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The End of The Secret Ballot?

The misleadingly named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a.k.a. “card check”, is the central political objective of organized labor along with their friends in the U.S. Congress. 

The EFCA includes provisions that impose dramatic changes in the rules governing private-sector collective bargaining by requiring mandatory arbitration of first contracts with newly certified unions if agreement cannot be reached on an unrealistic fast-track timeline. The legislation would also impose new draconian penalties against employers found to have violated the law.

Labor's votes in the U.S. House are locked up, but your U.S. Senator needs to hear from you today!  

If you need contact information for your Senator or want to know their position  click here  - or give Vernon Schmidt a call at the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association office at (314) 878-2304.  We will be glad to help you get in contact with your Senator.  We will provide your choice of email, fax or phone number and some basic facts to make the most of your effort. This information is not being provided for sending mass emails or for scripted calling.

The bottom line is . . .  If you oppose labor's effort to end the secret ballot, ask your Senator to vote against cloture on the bill. 


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The History of EFCA
In 2007, the misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA) was introduced in Congress. This legislation effectively eliminates the secret ballot provision and replaces it with a “card check system” when employees are deciding whether or not to join a union. Until this session, attempts to pass EFCA in Congress have been narrowly blocked.  However, union bosses have made it clear that their highest legislative priority is passage of EFCA.

The card check bill would eliminate over 70 years of precedent established under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 by taking away employees' freedom to choose under a federally supervised, secret ballot election when deciding whether or not to join a union. It would replace the private, secret ballot election with a system called “card check” which allows a union to organize if a majority of employees simply sign an authorization card. Under this system, the employees' signatures are made public to the employer, the union organizers and co-workers.

Trading federally supervised private ballot elections for a card check process tramples the privacy of individual workers.

Secret ballots are the only way to protect an individual's freedom to choose without subtle or overt coercion.


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