In the last session of Congress, members of both the Senate and House spoke loudly and clearly through their actions on various pieces of legislation, including the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA would have eliminated the secret ballot in union organizing elections and given to government arbitrators the authority to determine wages and other terms and conditions of employment.
For those who may have written off Big Labor’s agenda after they failed to push the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) through Congress last year, they may want to take a careful look at the actions being undertaken by President Obama’s Administration and they’ll quickly find that the job-killing movement is alive and well.
More than two years ago, the nation was told by then Illinois Senator and now President Barack Obama, that there would be a new era of openness and transparency in government consistent with promises he made to change the way business was done in Washington, D.C.
>Despite the big love that Big Labor has given Obama, he hasn't passed card-check legislation, nor will he get anywhere near to doing so until at least 2013 – if ever – if the U.S. House and Senate maintain the same Republican numbers.
The National Mediation Board (NMB) has become Big Labor’s latest tool for regulating and forcing workers into unions. Like most administrative agencies, the NMB has little accountability and American voters have little influence on their decisions as they often operate in the background and answer to no one.
We were reminded this week why elections matter. Despite sending a message to both the executive and legislative branches a month ago in the midterm elections, voters are still feeling the consequences of the actions of government.
The dangers lurking in the alphabet soup of our federal government's regulatory agencies (EPA, OSHA, NLRB, and FCC to name just a few) could spell trouble for our nation’s economy.
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.
While the conversation in Washington, D.C. often focuses on who’s up and down, the discussion in towns and cities across the country is about one thing, jobs.
Even though this past year was a disappointing one for Big Labor from the perspective that they weren’t able to get enacted into law their top priority, the job-killing Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act, that does not mean that the small business community can rest on its laurels.
West Virginia is a state known for its diverse landscape and vast resources, including forests for logging and mines for coal. Likewise, its citizens are known as tough and hard working.
Only in Washington, D.C. could politicians celebrate their participation in what is hailed as a “Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth”, while supporting legislation which will produce the opposite result.
By overwhelmingly electing Bob McDonnell as their governor, Virginians sent a clear message to national leaders about the future of small business. McDonnell made clear his opposition to the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act or EFCA, job-killing legislation that would give union bosses increased political spending power at the expense of worker freedoms and rights.