Katie Gage

Though it may be no surprise to some, union bosses continue to press their agenda for the forced unionization of workers and small businesses across the country.

Just the other day, Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) stated in relation to the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA), “We’re looking at ways to bring that up as we speak right now, to look at things to attach it to.”

And last week, Anna Burger, secretary-treasurer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) called for “push[ing]” the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to enact portions of EFCA.

Union bosses will stop at nothing to get their agenda through – after all, even if Congress won’t pass the job-killing EFCA legislation because they know it’s politically unpopular and bad economic policy, then they will work to accomplish the same goals and enact portions of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act through administrative action within the NLRB.

Michelle Malkin

By design, EFCA will make it easier for unions to get more dues-paying members forced into their dwindling ranks, yet the cost to workers and small businesses would be far-reaching and detrimental.

The Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act removes the right of workers to vote by secret ballot in union-organizing elections, opening up employees to coercion and intimidation by union bosses. EFCA also forces workers into binding two-year contracts that determine wages and benefits. Businesses also suffer under these mandatory, binding contracts because these are determined by a federal government arbitrator who doesn’t have to have any knowledge of the business or industry. Those provisions will cause businesses to flounder or close, and put pressure on employees to join a union, thereby causing workers to incur additional expenses by having to pay union dues.

Katie Gage

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