Today, a group of 10 governors signed a letter addressed to the House and Senate leadership asking them to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. Here is their letter:
January 8, 2009
Dear Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Representative Boehner,
The “Employee Free Choice Act” is a highly controversial federal bill which seeks to fundamentally alter federal labor laws that run counter to long held traditions that have protected the privacy and security of American workers. We believe that America must maintain and encourage a competitive workforce. To keep America competitive, the federal government must protect the confidential nature of a worker?s vote. Some of the Act’s primary flaws include:
- Violating the elections process that allows employees to choose whether they want union representation through a secret ballot. Currently, neither the union nor the employer knows how an employee votes. The proposed legislation would eliminate this important protection for employees?one supported by a recent poll that showed 75% of Americans believe that a free and impartial secret ballot election is the fairest way for workers to decide on union membership.
- Imposing Contract Terms on Employers which are not actually requested by their workers. The National Labor Relations Board will be de facto authorized to force an employer to implement a collective bargaining agreement imposed by an arbitrator rather than through the long held tradition of unions working independently on an agreement between the employer and employees in order to secure their top priorities. Instead this bill will allow far removed union executives to insert their own priorities without prior consultation with the affected workers. This represents an unprecedented government intrusion on the right to bargain freely over working terms and conditions.
We respectfully request that you join us in opposing this legislation and cast your vote against it.
Gov. Sonny Perdue,
Gov. Bobby Jindal,
Gov. Tim Pawlenty,
Gov. Haley Barbour,
Gov. Jim Gibbons,
Gov. John Hoeven,
Gov. Mark Sanford,
Gov. Mike Rounds,
Gov. Rick Perry,
Gov. Jim Douglas,