Thursday, September 2, 2010

CO Small Businesses Speak Out Against Job-Killing Legislation

Denver, CO (September 2, 2010) – Today, Colorado business leaders along with the Coalition for Colorado Jobs (CCJ) held a “reverse” job fair and press conference to underscore the deep and widespread job losses that would occur with passage of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA).

“This Labor Day, Colorado companies are sending a strong signal on behalf of jobs, economic growth and the rights of individual workers, which the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act would steamroll if it became law,” said Sandra Hagen Solin, state director of the Coalition for Colorado Jobs (CCJ). “It’s time Senator Bennet and all candidates seeking federal office stood up and took a stand on this defining issue confronting Colorado small businesses.”

At the event, the group displayed a large “pink slip” to demonstrate 600,000 American workers would lose their jobs if EFCA became law. CCJ was joined by Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry, National Federation of Independent Business, Colorado Retail Council, Colorado Contractors Association, and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

“In a tough economy, keeping the doors open at small businesses throughout Colorado is a daily challenge and the passage of EFCA would absolutely cause companies to shut their doors for good eliminating quality jobs,” said Tony Gagliardi, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “This job-killing legislation would bail out labor bosses by hurting small business, their employees and Colorado families.”

The Employee ‘Free’ Choice Act would eliminate the secret ballot and empower government bureaucrats to mandate contracts on employees and employers alike without their consent. The resulting burdens and liabilities would force small businesses to close their doors or move overseas.

“Businesses throughout Colorado are united against the threat EFCA poses to jobs and our economy, and we are focused on preventing this dangerous legislation from ever passing,” said Chuck Berry, a former speaker of the state House of Representatives and president of the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI)

“It’s time to come together, heal Colorado’s economic wounds and get our fellow citizens back to work,” said Mark Latimer, president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) “EFCA would only deepen our wounds by killing jobs and stifling whatever economic recovery might be on the horizon.”