Wednesday, September 8, 2010

CCJ Releases First Round Of Questionnaires On Job-Killing Legislation

Colorado Voters Deserve Clear Answers, Not More Rhetoric

Denver, CO (September 8, 2010) – In a continuing effort to inform Colorado voters about candidates’ positions on the job-killing Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA), the Coalition for Colorado Jobs (CCJ) today released an initial round of responses to its candidate questionnaire.

CCJ sent questionnaires to every candidate for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seeking their views on EFCA, legislation being pushed aggressively by Big Labor bosses. The bill would deepen Colorado’s economic troubles and cost an estimated 600,000 jobs across the country in one year alone.

To date, CCJ has received 12 questionnaires detailing candidates’ views on the job-killing EFCA. CCJ has made the full text of the questionnaires available to the public on its Web site so that citizens can decide for themselves which candidate seeking Federal office best reflect their views.

“This is a year where the public is demanding straight, clear and direct answers from candidates for public office,” said Sandra Hagen Solin, state director for the Coalition for Colorado Jobs (CCJ). “We applaud the candidates who have stepped up and communicated their views on this job-killing legislation. We urge those who haven’t shared their position on EFCA to do so. Colorado’s citizens will make an informed decision based in part on whether those seeking public office stand with them or union bosses.”

EFCA is the number one priority for national labor unions and has been introduced in four straight Congress’ and would severely hurt Colorado employees and employers already struggling through tough economic times.

The Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act would tip the balance in efforts to organize Colorado workplaces unfairly in the direction of union bosses, allowing for card check signature campaigns that would force workers to state their views about unionization in public, opening them up to pressure and coercion from organizers in the workplace. The bill would benefit unions by creating a binding arbitration process run by government bureaucrats that would determine the terms of a contract without approval from employees or employers. It would also increase fines on small businesses for violating federal law – without increasing fines on unions for the same violations. The additional liabilities and burdens placed on small businesses would force many to close their doors or move overseas.

To view the responses to CCJ’s questionnaires, click here

To learn more about the Coalition for Colorado jobs, click here.