10/29/08

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Dems, Union Bigs to decide about unionizing U.S. small businesses - not workers themselves

The National Federation of Independent Business, North Carolina's leading small business group, joined other business leaders at a news conference today in Raleigh to oppose the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, also known as the card check bill.

"Just because North Carolina is a right-to-work state does not protect us from the card check bill," said Gregg Thompson, state director of NFIB/North Carolina. "The card check bill will take away workers' right to a secret ballot in union elections."

Current federal law gives workers the right to vote by private, secret ballot on whether to recognize a union in their workplace. This private ballot ensures that workers are able to make a choice without the undue influence of their union organizers, employers, colleagues and friends.

If passed, card check will undermine workers' rights. Without a secret ballot, workers will be subject to coercion and harassment, which is not what our country stands for, Thompson said.

"I employ hundreds of workers in eastern North Carolina, and I cannot stand idly by and watch their rights be stripped by this catastrophic bill," said Theron Riley, president of East Carolina Pizza Huts. "Every American deserves the right to a secret ballot and it would be a tragedy if that right is ever lost."

Joining Riley and Thompson at today's news conference: Sheila Ogle, an NFIB member and chief executive of Media Research Planning and Placement; Claude Pope, chairman of the NFIB/North Carolina Leadership Council; and Bill Brown, president of Brown & Wood Auto Dealers, chairman of the North Carolina Forum for Research and Economic Education and immediate past chairman of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association.

(marketwatch.com)

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