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September 14, 2009
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Ad will appear in Pittsburgh papers during AFl-CIO convention

Employee free choice actThe Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) today released a new print ad asking Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) not to vote to shift power from workers and small businesses to union bosses by reneging on his public opposition to the ‘card check’ legislation announced on the floor of the U.S. Senate last March.

“Even though Senator Specter changed political parties, and despite his role in finding an alternative that will appease unions, we’re asking him not to change the strong position he took against the job-killing Employee Free Choice Act earlier this year,” said Brian Worth, chairman of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. “We hope he chooses to support workers and small businesses in Pennsylvania over labor bosses who have a self-serving agenda.”

While there are mixed messages coming from union bosses about card check’s outcome in Congress, one thing is clear: Big Labor will use its political influence to increase its power and get its desired result. As recently reported in The Hill newspaper, incoming AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka “had pledged to keep lawmakers accountable to pass the ‘card check’ bill.” And earlier this year, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern said that Big Labor expects “a vote on a majority signup [aka card check] provision in the final bill or by amendment in both houses of Congress.”

EFCA continues to face bi-partisan opposition because of controversial provisions including card check and binding interest arbitration. Alternative proposals such as ambush elections and union gate-crashing face similar skepticism because of their harmful impact on workers and small businesses. There is no difference between the anti-worker card check scheme and ambush elections which would penalize small businesses and workers. They both deny workers the opportunity to hear both sides of the debate before a secret ballot election is held. For small employers who are focused on running their businesses, ambush elections deny them the time to ensure that the process is fair. Along with that, allowing professional union organizers on the jobsite is equally as troubling. Current laws already allow employees who support the union to campaign on company property and for paid union organizers to contact workers outside the workplace, such as making visits to an employee’s home. Conversely, employers are not allowed to contact employees during non-work hours.

“Pennsylvanians should pay close attention to Senator Specter’s position on harmful EFCA alternatives that cripple small businesses and deny workers the right to vote on contracts that dictate their hours, benefits and what they will be paid,” said Worth.

A copy of the print ad is attached and will appear in Pittsburgh-area papers today, September 14 during the AFL-CIO Convention where both Senator Specter and President Obama are scheduled to speak.

About the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is a coalition of workers, employers, associations and organizations who are fighting to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot when workers are deciding whether or not to join a union. We are opposed to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act because it would strip Americans of that right and replace it with a system where your vote is no longer private, and it is made public to your employer, the union organizers and your co-workers. For more information, please go to


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