Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CCJ Releases First Web Video Highlighting Damaging Effects of Job-Killing Federal Legislation

Denver, CO (September 15, 2010) – The Coalition for Colorado Jobs (CCJ) today released its first Web video which reviews in detail the anti-jobs, anti-worker effects of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA). With a recent statewide economic development report showing that Colorado will continue to outpace the national average in job losses – and take three years or more to recover the 100,000-plus jobs shed since 2009 – the video underscores how EFCA would make these economic challenges far worse.
“One message that we hear from Colorado small businesses loud and clear is that if EFCA comes in, jobs go out,” said Sandra Hagen Solin, state director of the Coalition for Colorado Jobs (CCJ). “Our new Web video documents how EFCA will cost jobs, further damage Colorado’s economy and hurt working families.”

Given these damaging effects, it’s vital for all candidates seeking Federal office to publicly state their views on EFCA. CCJ has delivered questionnaires to all candidates for the U.S. House and Senate and has received responses back from a dozen.

EFCA is the number one priority for national labor unions and has been introduced in four straight Congress’ and would severely hurt employees and employers in the state 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 web video, click here.