Katie Gage

Last, but certainly not least, West Virginia perfectly exemplified the burdens faced by Big Labor bosses. Governor Joe Manchin strongly supported EFCA, even signing a letter to Senators Reid and Mitch McConnell advocating for the job-killing bill. But when questions arose on the campaign trail, Manchin did a 180° and came out against the legislation and its anti-worker provisions. The only thing missing was a commercial where he fired a shot through an image of it.

The resounding message from this election was that the small business community matters and voters will not tolerate an agenda that threatens its viability or existence. Outside of a few examples, those supporting the union boss agenda changed their positions on EFCA or lost at the ballot box. The question now is whether President Obama took note? His promises to “payback” Big Labor will not bode well with the people who showed up on Election Day 2010, and will do so again, presumably on Election Day 2012.

But the threat of job-killing action is very much alive in regulatory agencies where unelected bureaucrats do the bidding of special interests and ignore the will of the people. Therefore, the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) will continue to shine a spotlight on the actions of this administration – such as attempts to institute cyber card check and quickie elections exposing workers to coercion and intimidation – and we will continue to inform the public and activate our grassroots network to take action against these threats wherever they present themselves.


Katie Gage

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