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Kimberly Freeman, Published August 09 2009

Same old song from Chamber of Commerce

It’s not surprising the leaders of North Dakota’s Chamber of Commerce would write a letter attacking the Employee Free Choice Act. The legislation would end their monopoly on power in the workplace and restore some balance to our economy. This critical policy solution will make it easier for workers to choose a union, enact greater penalties against corporations that violate the law and prevent companies from using stall tactics to deny workers a collective bargaining agreement.

When 30 percent of employers fire workers for their support of a union, it is patently irresponsible for the chamber to shrug off a legislative solution for our woefully inadequate labor law system. And despite the chamber jumping to conclude what the bill currently looks like, the fact remains that the details will be worked out through the legislative process.

We remain confident that lawmakers will listen to 73 percent of the public who support this legislation and pass strong labor law reform this year. However, we hope Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., will stand with North Dakota’s working families and honor the fundamental principles of the Employee Free Choice Act.

It is America’s working men and women who build our economy and keep small companies afloat, not the big business special interests who got us into this financial mess in the first place.

The Employee Free Choice Act is needed more than ever to produce a level playing field and create an economy that works for everyone again.

Freeman is acting executive director of the American Rights at Work, Washington.