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NAM Opposes Employee Free Choice Act

National Association of Manufacturers launched a campaign opposing EFCA, calling it 'one of the greatest threats to manufacturers' economic competitiveness.

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Policy Institute, a project of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), launched a campaign opposing the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), urging senators to vote against it.

“This bill is one of the greatest threats to manufacturers’ economic competitiveness. It would undermine worker privacy and open the door to government control of wages and benefits in unionized workplaces,” said NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons. “We want to remind manufacturers and the public that this bill would destroy jobs. The EFCA would send our economy and our nation in the wrong direction.”

The EFCA aims to eliminate secret ballot elections and replace them with a "card check" sytem in which workers sign an authorization card in private or with union organizers and co-workers. It also includes a binding arbitration provision that could add cost and negatively impact the relationship between employers and employees. 

EFCA (S. 560/H.R. 1409) was introduced in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives in March 2009. Neither chamber has held a hearing on this proposed legislation. An economic analysis shows that 600,000 jobs could be lost in the first year EFCA is enacted, NAM said.

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