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June 22 , 2007
Contact: Paul Williams, 703/894-1805, ext. 242

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Employee Free Choice Act to be Considered on June 26

Assisted Living Providers Should Contact Senators Urging Opposition

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) has learned that the full Senate has scheduled a cloture vote for H.R. 800, the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” for Tuesday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. All assisted living providers should contact members of the U.S. Senate to make your voice heard in opposition to this legislation.

The so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” would require employers to recognize a union if the union presents signed authorization cards (“card checks”) from a majority of employees, depriving employees the opportunity of casting a private ballot when making this important decision.

Senate members in favor of the EFCA will likely introduce a motion for cloture, which requires 60 votes to end efforts to filibuster (debate) the legislation. Senate Republicans have committed to filibuster in order to prevent the passage of this unjust legislation.

CALL TO ACTION
Below are links to important resources designed to help individuals to take action to prevent the passage of the EFCA. These resources include talking points and other information regarding the EFCA, and the Washington D.C. phone numbers for U.S. Senators.

Please act by Monday, June 18: ALFA is urging all assisted living providers to call both U.S. Senators in the states in which you operate and urge them to oppose H.R. 800 and S.1041, The Employee Free Choice Act. It is very important that you frame your opposition to the legislation in terms of all workers should have the right to decide by secret ballot whether they wish to have a union represent them rather than making employer vs. employee or anti-union arguments.

SAMPLE TELEPHONE SCRIPT
Hello, my name is (YOUR NAME) and I live in (CITY, STATE) and (OPERATE or WORK WITH) (NUMBER) assisted living communities in (SENATOR’S STATE).

I am calling to ask Senator (SENATOR’S LAST NAME) to oppose H.R. 800 and S.1041, the so called Employee Free Choice Act.

I want Senator (SENATOR’S LAST NAME) to understand that this legislation would deprive workers in the assisted living communities I (OPERATE OR WORK WITH) as well as all businesses in the state of the secret ballot when deciding whether to have union representation.

Please pass along my thanks to Senator (SENATOR’S LAST NAME) for his or her consideration of my concerns regarding the so called Employee Free Choice Act.

For purposes of cataloging calls to Senate Members from assisted living providers, please e-mail Paul Williams with information including your name, your company, the number of communities in each state you operate, senators contacted, and the approximate date and time of your calls.

U.S. Senate contact information
– Senate member D.C. phone numbers, by state

Talking points
– About the “So-Called” Employee Free Choice Act
– Why Oppose the Employee Free Choice Act

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