First, EFCA would remove workers’ right to a secret ballot vote – what Manchin called “the most precious thing you own.” Secondly, it removes the right of workers to vote on contracts empowering government bureaucrats to force terms on employees and employers alike. And lastly, an economic study revealed that EFCA would lead to a loss of 600,000 jobs in the first year it is enacted. With unemployment hovering near ten percent, the last thing the country needs is a bill that will cost even more jobs.
These realities have hit home with voters. And the opposition from previous EFCA supporters isn’t exclusive to the Senate. Candidates for the U.S. House are also planting a firm foot in support of workers and against Big Labor. For instance, Representative Ron Klein, who not only voted for EFCA in 2007 but signed on as a co-sponsor in 2009, announced his opposition. His reason? Like so many new EFCA opponents, Klein has become a newfound, ardent supporter of the secret ballot.
With so many candidates coming clean to voters hours and days in advance of Election Day, the dynamics of the debate have certainly changed quite a bit. And while small businesses can take nothing for granted, we certainly have come a long way over the last two years.