Katie Gage

As Congress shifts its attention to the economy and a jobs bill, Richard Trumka, the new and controversial president of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest federation of unions in the United States and Canada, wants a piece of the action and is set to push his job-killing agenda, which is harmful to workers.

Trumka continues to press for the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA), legislation that would result in increased unemployment and job loss. Just a few days ago, Trumka stated that we’ll “see EFCA passed in the first quarter of 2010,” and added that “we must do it now – not next year, not even this summer. Now.”

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Americans should be alarmed that Trumka and union bosses are pressuring Congress to pass EFCA, when the clear impact would be negative for our economy. Worse yet, some labor bosses are talking about actually incorporating EFCA into a so-called “jobs bill”.

As reported by Bloomberg News, “The card-check legislation may be incorporated early next year into legislation in the Senate to create jobs, according to Steve Rosenthal, a Democratic consultant and former political director at the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor organization.”

Let’s be clear, the American people are extremely concerned with the state of the economy as unemployment remains in double digits. If Congress entertains taking up legislation that would force small businesses – the nation’s top job creator – to close their doors or move overseas, those politicians doing the bidding of labor bosses would feel the full impact of their recklessness on November 2nd.

Interestingly, Big Labor’s argument that workers need or want the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act is deceiving, at best. In fact, the Workforce Fairness Institute just released polling from Nevada that states not only do union members oppose EFCA, but they reject both the card check and binding arbitration provisions within the legislation.

Under EFCA, workers would lose their rights to a secret ballot election and be coerced into joining a union, which would provide a jolt to union membership that is currently at an all-time low. An increase in union membership means more money from union dues will head into Richard Trumka’s coffers.

Katie Gage

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