Katie Gage
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For over a year now, the American public has waited patiently for their elected leaders in Washington to provide the necessary leadership to turn the U.S. economy around and put the nation back on track toward low unemployment.

At the same time, top union bosses have made it very clear that they are more interested in “union jobs” than they are in jobs. And they are more interested in their “take” from the small business owners of our nation than they are in the take home pay of their employees.

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Labor bosses have been declaring that the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act or EFCA was the top agenda item for Congress due to their claims that it would strengthen the economy.

And over the course of 2009, that argument has become less and less credible as unemployment has risen and small businesses have spoken with a unified voice stating the additional costs and burdens associated with EFCA would force them to close their doors .

Until recently, Richard Trumka, head of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) was touting the fact that the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act would be taken up immediately after health care.

According to The Hill, “AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka…pledged during a web chat on the liberal blog firedoglake that organized labor would work to pass healthcare reform in order to move onto one of its top priorities, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).”

Just this week, we learned, that in reality, the majority in the U.S. Senate will undertake a jobs bill separate and apart from EFCA.

According to Roll Call, “Top union officials say they believe Senate leaders are willing to move on card check early next year, after Congress acts on the health bill and a jobs bill.”

The key words in that line are “after Congress acts on the health bill and a jobs bill.”

Why? It reinforces what many of us already know to be true, Big Labor has lost its ability to prove that EFCA does anything but result in job loss and increased unemployment.

The Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act would harm businesses, workers, and ultimately the economy by putting in place laws that would force unionization on employers and employees alike around the country.

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Katie Gage

Katie Gage is the executive director of the Workforce Fairness institute.