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We need to prevent the Employee Free Choice Act from becoming law.
Powerful labor union bosses and left wingers in Congress are trying to push through the Employee Free Choice Act (card-check act). This would effectively take away the private vote from workers when the unions try to unionize a company. Union organizers could then intimidate workers into signing NON-confidential union authorization cards. If more than 50% of the workers sign the cards, then the union would be certified by the National Labor Relations Board as the official bargaining unit for the workers of that company – with NO secret election by the workers.

In existing law, even if the unions get 60% or more of the workers to sign union interest cards, the National Labor Relations Board will still conduct a secret election so that the workers can express how they really feel in the privacy of the voting booth.
Workers will often sign a union interest card just to get the pestering union organizers off their back.

Former liberal Senator George McGovern wants to preserve the secret ballot for American workers in spite of left wing union efforts.

Former Senator George McGovern is against the Employee Free Choice Act, even though he has always been a big liberal and has always been a champion of labor unions.
George McGovern was the Democratic presidential nominee who ran against President Nixon in 1972.
McGovern wants to protect the worker's right to a private vote.
You can see his statement in a video clip at www.employeefreedom.org .
McGovern is taking a patriotic stand, just as he did in World War 2 when he risked his life flying B-24 bombers in Europe.



2007
Former U.S. Senator Barack Obama and Joe Biden were among the co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) when it was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2007 (as Senate bill number S. 1041).
 
The EFCA passed in the U.S. House of Representatives (as H.R. 800) on March 1, 2007, by a vote of 241 to 185. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank, of course, voted for it.
But the EFCA did not have the 60 votes in the U.S. Senate needed to get by a possible Republican filibuster. Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens voted on June 26, 2007 to stop the EFCA from passing in the Senate.
Even if it had passed, President Bush would have vetoed it.
A president McCain would have also stopped the EFCA.

However, we no longer have those safeguards in place. We are in a precarious position.
It is now up to us citizens to protect our freedoms by picking up our pens and writing to our representatives.
On Feb. 28, 09, I (Randy Griffin) sent 3 short emails to Alaska Congressman Don Young (R), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) and Senator Mark Begich (D), asking them to vote NO on the EFCA when it comes up again in Congress.

 
The last thing we need during this time of recession (or any time) is rampant union strangulation of our businesses and industry. We need a good business climate so as to encourage investment activity and production, so as to create more wealth producing private sector jobs.

2009
Even though it was stopped in 2007, the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 has been reintroduced to the U.S Congress on March 10, 2009. In the Senate, the bill number is S. 560, and in the U.S. House the bill number is H.R. 1409.
Unfortuneately, Alaska U.S Senator Mark Begich (Democrat) is one of the cosponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009.
 

(Mark Begich narrowly beat U.S Senator Ted Stevens (R) in the November 2008 election. This is because of the very bad timing of Ted Stevens being convicted only 1 week prior to the November election, of an offense having to do with not properly filling out forms that fully disclosed financial benefit from a contractor that worked on Ted Steven's vacation home in Girdwood, Alaska. This guilty verdict was later thrown out. It was discovered that the prosecution had acted improperly.)

Written by Randy Griffin
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