Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Calls on Pro-Worker, Pro-Business Senate Democrats in Opposition to Anti-Worker Card Check Bill

/PRNewswire / -- The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) today urged Senators Carper, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson, Pryor and Warner to publicly voice their opposition to both a vote for cloture and final passage of the anti-worker Employee Free Choice Act. The Employee Free Choice Act -- or "card check" bill will effectively eliminate secret ballots for workers in union organizing elections and bind employers to contracts that inhibit their ability to create much-needed new jobs.

"These self-identified pro-business senators should follow Senator Specter's principled decision to protect worker privacy and stop the government from imposing binding contracts on workers and employers," said Brian Worth with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. "The Employee Free Choice Act is bad for workers, bad for job creation and bad for the economy. We urge these senators to join Senator Specter in opposing this harmful legislation."

A recent study by noted economist Anne Layne-Farrar found that, if passed, the Employee Free Choice Act would result in 600,000 lost jobs in the first year alone. Millions more jobs would be lost in subsequent years.

"Passing a bill that would cost jobs for American workers is the wrong policy in any economy," said Worth. "It's time for these senators to let the workers in their states know that they are on the side of creating jobs and protecting worker privacy and not for legislation that hurts job creation and takes away worker rights."

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