Employee Free Choice Act? We have a Better Idea.
It is obvious to us that the lawmakers who are behind the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act seek to level the economic development playing field with two U.S. regions and one in particular. There are 22 Right-to-Work states where employees have a choice of whether they want to join a union or not, even if the majority of workers at the company where they are employed are union card members.
Of the 22 Right-to-Work states in the U.S., 13 are in the South and only one (Iowa) is located in the Midwest or Northeast. The rest are concentrated in the West, none of which are on the Pacific Coast.
It is clear to us that politicos in the forced-unionism states would like to see the Employee Free Choice Act become law in an effort to increase union membership in the South. That way, they surmise, they can compete more favorably with the South in attracting industry, or a leveling of the playing field.
The only "field" the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act will level economically is with countries like India, Brazil, China and even countries like Bolivia. In other words, passing the EFCA (Card Check) bill will force manufacturers to offshore even more plants that were destined to the South or other U.S. states that are currently Right-to-Work states.
We have what we think is a better idea than to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, or Card Check legislation that is expected to be presented to lawmakers in Washington this year. Rather than making it easier to unionize a company in today's incredibly challenging economic environment, why don’t we go the other way? Why don't we just make all states Right-to-Work states, giving workers a choice in the matter? That way, states in the Northeast and the Midwest will have the same Right-to-Work laws, or leveling the playing field in the ultimate manner.
The facts don't lie. Currently, of the ten states with the highest unemployment rates, six are non-Right-to Work states. On the other hand, of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates, seven are Right-to-Work states. If the Employee Free Choice Act passes, we will be leveling the playing field -- not with the Midwest and Northeast with the South -- for other countries to compete even better than they do now with the United States.
Michael C. Randle