On December 1st, AWF launched a state-based grassroots legislative campaign to combat the Employee Free Choice Act. AWF sent the following letter to over 2,000 state leaders announcing our anti-EFCA efforts.
As of February 24, AWF has committments from hundreds of legislators in over a dozen states and are continuing to get more support every day. We are well on our way to success in our targeted Phase I states.
UPDATE FROM AWF: Alabama just passed their anti-EFCA resolution on Feburary 17 and Kansas just introduced our resolution in the State Senate.
If you would like more information or would like to view model resolution and/or constitutional amendment langugae, please contact us.
RE: State Efforts on Combating the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), aka Card Check
On behalf of the Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF), an organization established in 2003 to combat anti-worker legislation and promote free and open labor markets, I am pleased to announce the launch of our state efforts aimed at defeating the Orwellian-named “Employee Free Choice Act.”
Working in partnership with Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), we are reaching out to the Taxpayer Protection Caucus Chairs, all state-level Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers, and members of state legislative bodies as well as governors.
The Employee Free Choice Act, aka “Card Check”, would take away numerous rights and protections currently afforded to workers employed at companies where unions are actively seeking to organize. The bill would remove workers’ rights to a federally supervised private ballot election. Instead, workers would be asked to sign cards in front of organizers and colleagues, potentially subjecting them to harassment or intimidation. Once a majority of employees have signed cards, the union is immediately recognized. State “right-to-work” laws essentially become irrelevant.
While the EFCA is federal legislation, there is a lot that can be done at the state-level to stop the Pelosi-Reid “unionization of America” agenda. There are two efforts we are engaged in:
We are working on getting state resolutions passed by both chambers (except in Nebraska, unicameral) in all states (or Commonwealth) that urges the federal Congressional Delegation to oppose Card Check legislation. This will send the message to the federal level and help carry the voices from the states that the majority of Americans are opposed to this egregious assault on workers rights.
If you or another leader in the states would like to help combat Big Labor’s assault on workers’ rights by introducing such resolution, please contact us.
Brian M. Johnson, MPA
cc: Grover Norquist, President Americans for Tax Reform