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NEW LAW WOULD AUTHORIZE GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF 4 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES
National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | March 13, 2009 | National Center for Policy Analysis

Posted on 03/13/2009 12:20:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, H.R. 1409, S. 560) does more than take away secret ballot elections: It empowers the federal government to impose contracts on newly organized companies. The government would set wages, benefits, work assignments, promotion procedures, and any major changes to business operations. Because EFCA has no meaningful small businesses exemption, it would authorize federal control of up to 4 million small businesses employing 39 million Americans.

Consequently, bureaucrats with no management experience would effectively control these small businesses, says James Sherk, the Bradley Fellow in Labor Policy at the Heritage Foundation.

The misnamed Employee Free Choice Act affects both large and small businesses, says Sherk:

The Heritage Foundation used Census Bureau data to calculate how many small businesses EFCA would affect: The act covers 4,180,000 businesses employing 38,934,000 workers.

EFCA takes away these workers' right to a secret ballot vote on joining a union -- a consequence that has attracted considerable controversy, says Sherk. However, the bill has a second provision of equal if not greater significance to small businesses that has attracted much less attention: EFCA replaces collective bargaining with government-imposed contracts for newly organized companies. In practice:

Granting such a radical amount of power to the FMCS puts control of workplaces in the hands of unaccountable government bureaucrats, says Sherk.

Source: James Sherk, "EFCA Authorizes Government Control of 4 Million Small Businesses," Heritage Foundation, WebMemo #2341, March 12, 2009.

For text:

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Labor/wm2341.cfm

For more on Unions:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=43


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; businesses; economy; efca; freedom; goinggalt; government; heritagefoundation; johngalt; johngault; liberalism; liberty; marxism; regulation; smallbusiness; socialism; tyranny; whoisjohngalt

1 posted on 03/13/2009 12:20:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


2 posted on 03/13/2009 12:20:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Obama: in your guts, you know he's nuts!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The inmates are running the asylum.


3 posted on 03/13/2009 12:22:01 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well, that will take care of those pesky small businesses that keep getting in the way of an economic melt-down!


4 posted on 03/13/2009 12:23:38 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When do they begin forcing businesses to build Volkswagens - for the people of course?


5 posted on 03/13/2009 12:24:51 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If I were a small or medium sized business owner, as soon as my employees started any kind of unionization effort, I’d shut the business down and sell off the assets.

Imagine their surprise when they come in some Monday morning, expecting to make 5 times minimum wage only to find they’re out of a job.

I’d leave a big sign up for them that says “How’s that whole union thing working out for you?”


6 posted on 03/13/2009 12:25:05 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
NEW LAW WOULD AUTHORIZE GOVERNMENT CONTROL SHUT DOWN OF 4 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES

There...fixed it
7 posted on 03/13/2009 12:25:50 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (The more Otrauma does, the more I believe it's on purpose...to destroy America. No one is that dumb)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

I read about this 40 years ago. It was in a book titled ATLAS SHRUGGED. The government will only control small business IF A SMALL BUSINESS EXISTS AT ALL. When arrogant bureaucrats and/or greedy unions pile on that LAST STRAW on business, it no longer is worth the effort. At that point business CEASES to exist.
Do you think there is a jobless problem NOW? Wait until the job creator decides “The hell with it”.
What did John Galt do?


8 posted on 03/13/2009 12:28:38 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
WTF is happening to our country?

Everyone of these dangerous beltway initiatives makes me grieve even more for the poor souls that fell on Normandy and everywhere else.

They gave all to fight back evil and preserve our freedom. And those fools in Washington are just throwing it all away.

9 posted on 03/13/2009 12:30:16 PM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: rabscuttle385; SunkenCiv; LucyT

ping


10 posted on 03/13/2009 12:31:58 PM PDT by stockpirate ("the imposition of socialist tyranny will produce the enslavement of conscience, " Alan Keyes 09)
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To: beethovenfan

“The inmates are running the asylum.”

No. The socialists are running the country.

No. The socialists are ruining the country.

Did I get it right yet?


11 posted on 03/13/2009 12:32:05 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Quick, quick, let's pass a law immediately and not read what it says, understand what the implications are......... DO IT NOW OR ELSE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND BUSH'S ECONOMY WILL CAUSE THE WORLD TO END!!!!!!!!!

neither the public, media or even the law makers have even had time to look over and really understand what is in these laws. But they sounded good at the time, sort of like our President, who sounds and looks good.

12 posted on 03/13/2009 12:33:11 PM PDT by Red6
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) for Dumbies

I’ve noticed whenever someone debates the merits of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and card check they get bogged down in minutia. So I’ve come up with the easiest way to explain what it is.

You have 2 candidates, the UNIONS and the EMPLOYERS. They both are campaigning for the workers vote. The UNIONS want them to vote YES to unionize and EMPLOYERS wants them to vote NO against unionization. After campaigning for their vote, both go back to their respective corners while the EMPLOYEE decides which candidate they will side with, the UNIONS or the EMPLOYERS. Come “election day,” the EMPLOYEE goes to the “polls” to cast their vote. They enter a PRIVATE BOOTH and pull the lever of their choice, either for or against unionization. What the EFCA will eliminate is the PRIVATE BOOTH in which the EMPLOYEE votes. No longer will the UNIONS have to campaign up until “election day.” All they will have to do is walk up to every EMPLOYEE, where ever they may be, and get them to vote YES or NO. IT would be like Barack Obama or John McCain going around to every person in America and handing them a ballot and telling them to vote for them right there on the spot while they watch.

And that explains the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) for Dumbies
13 posted on 03/13/2009 12:37:17 PM PDT by coffee260 (coffee)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Communism at its best. The USSR did exactly the same thing. They told you were you could work, determined how much you could earn, where you could live and controlled how much food you could have, if you could own a car, if you could go on a vacation and where you could go and how long you could stay. Welcome to the USSA.


14 posted on 03/13/2009 12:39:09 PM PDT by RC2 (http://www.worldviewradio.com/play.php?EpisodeID=10958)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The end goal of communism is to have all the means of production in the hands of government. Obama is trying to move the country to that situation as soon as possible.


15 posted on 03/13/2009 12:40:24 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism is truly demented)
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To: TPluth

I guess the thing to do is have a number of (very) small businesses. As soon as your retail business gets to $500,000, split it into 2 businesses operating at the same address.


16 posted on 03/13/2009 12:40:59 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The Democrats are destroying our economy. They are running up trillions of dollars in debt and destroying the productive sector of the economy. If this continues America will become a deindustrialized third world dictatorship.
17 posted on 03/13/2009 12:42:47 PM PDT by detective
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To: coffee260
All they will have to do is walk up to every EMPLOYEE, where ever they may be, and get them to vote YES or NO.

Of course, it will be yes on pain of death, dismemberment or whatever the union thug thinks is the right inducement at the time.

18 posted on 03/13/2009 12:43:46 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: swain_forkbeard

Socialists = inmates (mentally ill).


19 posted on 03/13/2009 12:46:20 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I would shut it down first.


20 posted on 03/13/2009 12:47:06 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: Red6

Yup....
We need more fake crisis so we can have more laws.
Can’t wait for the carbon tax/climate change BS actually blossoms.
Guess it’s a good time to apply for a job with the EPA.


21 posted on 03/13/2009 12:58:25 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Now is it time for the revolution? If these last two months haven't been reason enough, what will it take? I suppose we shall find out as we still have many years left on our sentence.
22 posted on 03/13/2009 1:00:50 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Even though small business will be impacted, this bill is aimed directly at WalMart.


23 posted on 03/13/2009 1:03:23 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Government employment exists to provide a middle class lifestyle to otherwise, unemployable people)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

State control of private business is called FACISM.


24 posted on 03/13/2009 1:04:52 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (I am inconsolate over the death of our country.)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
The end goal of communism is to have all the means of production in the hands of government. Obama is trying to move the country to that situation as soon as possible

I have a feeling that what Obama wants and what he gets, may be two different things.

25 posted on 03/13/2009 1:06:01 PM PDT by KittenClaws (By dead: "The state rubs the lotion on its skin, then it places the lotion in the basket".)
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To: bossmechanic
Any government job I guess.

The government will guarantee all people a job soon, it's in the Constitution I hear; just like your right to privacy and abortion, health care and social security, a free college education.........

26 posted on 03/13/2009 1:09:10 PM PDT by Red6
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To: coffee260

Actually, it is more like Obama going around collecting votes and McCain not even knowing their is an election coming until inauguration day.

This is insane. The unions get to tell the employees anything they want; promise things they cannot deliver. The employer does not even get the right to have a say.


27 posted on 03/13/2009 1:10:01 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ein Volk, Ein Riech, Ein Ein.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

The media just keeps calling it “card check”, without much further explanation. A significant majority of Americans have no clue what “card check” means, and the rest of us, including me, had no idea this bill would effectively give control of businesses to the feds. The hits just keep comin’, as they say.


28 posted on 03/13/2009 1:16:01 PM PDT by lonevoice (This tagline is identical to the one you are reading)
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To: TPluth

If I were a small or medium sized business owner, as soon as my employees started any kind of unionization effort, I’d shut the business down and sell off the assets.
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Yep, in a heartbeat I would do the same.


29 posted on 03/13/2009 1:19:38 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: TPluth

That is exactly what the owner of the biz that my hubby does work for threatened to do a few years back. A few of the drivers started stirring the pot, trying to get a union in for the drivers, and the owner said point blank that he would close the doors and sell off all the trucks and let them find another job.

Thing is... having a union in there... he would have to lay off half the workforce to afford the rest and that would put him out of business anyway. But he refused to allow a union to run him out, he said he would do it himself first.


30 posted on 03/13/2009 1:31:06 PM PDT by KarenMarie
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To: coffee260

Like that guy who was supposedly helping voters by pulling the lever himself.


31 posted on 03/13/2009 1:41:34 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: TPluth
If I were a small or medium sized business owner, as soon as my employees started any kind of unionization effort, I’d shut the business down and sell off the assets.

Imagine their surprise when they come in some Monday morning, expecting to make 5 times minimum wage only to find they’re out of a job.

I’d leave a big sign up for them that says “How’s that whole union thing working out for you?”

About 30 years ago there was a company named Fairchild Semi-conductors that had built a plant on the Navajo Indian Reservation. There were over 5000 Navajos who worked there, and then the unions started making demands and called a strike. When they all went on strike, Fairchild shut their doors and moved off the reservation. That cost over 5K employees their jobs. Needless to say, they were stunned. Of course, the union went away since there was no more income, and those people who have bought nice homes and nice cars lost it all.

Having owned several small businesses, I can tell you for sure that many small businesses would follow the path that Fairchild took. We've already got too much government intrusion in our businesses.

32 posted on 03/13/2009 1:58:49 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: holdonnow; sono; HonestConservative; eeevil conservative; Clint N. Suhks; mware; Bahbah; ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE52C59220090313

OT: I guess you heard about the dropping of enemy combatant already.

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE52C59220090313


33 posted on 03/13/2009 1:59:40 PM PDT by AliVeritas (And while the rest of the nation was still sleepin', they'll be bidding America goodbye.)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

Why is it every where communism is or has been implemented, it’s horrible, yet they always think this time it will work? ‘It wasn’t done right’ ‘We should have fought harder’ ‘He wasn’t a real Marxist’ ‘It was a utopia’ (spoken from another country, of course)

What the heck goes on in these minds?


34 posted on 03/13/2009 2:07:33 PM PDT by AliVeritas (And while the rest of the nation was still sleepin', they'll be bidding America goodbye.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

doesn’t sound good at all....to watch...


35 posted on 03/13/2009 2:17:20 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: mojitojoe

Why would anyone even start a business in such conditions?


36 posted on 03/13/2009 2:23:34 PM PDT by arthurus ( H.L. Mencken said, "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This will be a tremendous step toward Government Unions as in the USSR in the bad old days. And these government unions will control businesses without having “title” to them.In Germany in 1939 business owners had such titles to their businesses and it did not mean much.


37 posted on 03/13/2009 2:28:29 PM PDT by arthurus ( H.L. Mencken said, "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is just nutz.


38 posted on 03/13/2009 3:23:32 PM PDT by HonestConservative (http://www.operationvalentine.blogspot.com/)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

Mira,

Señor pobre hombre, ¿tienes alguna empleos?


39 posted on 03/13/2009 4:50:50 PM PDT by ffff (:)
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To: stockpirate; Gabz; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Thanks stockpirate.

and thanks Gabz:

Madness, from D.C. to Denver
(NOW, we can take over Agriculture - or at least TAX IT TO DEATH)
summit daily | March 10 | Liddick
Posted on 03/13/2009 9:15:06 AM PDT by jessduntno
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2205903/posts


40 posted on 03/13/2009 7:06:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Never on my watch
Everyone of these dangerous beltway initiatives makes me grieve even more for the poor souls that fell on Normandy and everywhere else.

This is why I cried the night of Nov. 4, 2008.

41 posted on 03/13/2009 7:24:45 PM PDT by del4hope (I voted for McCain, the slow bleeding wound; The amputation partiy is in full charge now.)
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To: HonestConservative

This is what Hitler did.


42 posted on 03/14/2009 1:07:03 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama is not my president until we see his birth certificate. A real one.)
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