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Kauffman Joins the Fight Against Proposed Federal Law That Would Restrict Worker Freedoms
4/27/2009
State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) today joined a rally protesting a proposed federal law that would effectively take away a worker’s right to a secret ballot when deciding the issue of unionization.
 
“This legislation would do nothing but further erode the rights and power of the average American worker,” said Kauffman. “Now, more than ever, we should be supporting and empowering our country’s workforce, not providing unions with more leverage and greater ability to intimidate employees.”
 
The rally was attended by concerned workers and a statewide coalition of more than three dozen organizations, chambers of commerce, and representatives of large and small businesses who say the Employee Free Choice Act will infringe upon the rights of Pennsylvania workers and the businesses that employ them.
 
Current federal law requires, in most cases, that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) conduct a secret ballot election to determine the will of employees when union representation is being considered. The Employee Free Choice Act, also referred to as “card check,” would remove the secret ballot, replacing it with a system that would allow union organizers to simply obtain signed union authorization cards from workers, hence the name “card check.” Once a majority of workers sign cards, the legislation would authorize unionization to occur.
 
The legislation would also impose government-led binding arbitration on workers and businesses if employers and union organizers cannot reach an agreement, which would allow government to dictate wages, benefits and working conditions on employees and employers.
 
“The fact that this legislation made it past the committee process and is now before Congress for a vote is troubling,” said Kauffman. “We need to make sure our voices are heard on an issue that will effect small and large businesses alike.”
 
Kauffman said both the state House and Senate have resolutions officially asking Congress to reject the card check legislation. Kauffman is a co-sponsor of the House resolution.
 
Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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