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Press Release

    FreedomWorks Key Votes "No" on Card Check Bill, S. 1041

    06/18/2007

    On behalf of more than 800,000 FreedomWorks members nationwide, I respectfully urge you to VOTE NO on S. 1041, the “Card Check” bill.

    Instead of addressing fundamental competitiveness issues in the U.S. education, regulatory, tort, and tax systems, the new majority in Congress is bent on raising taxes and re-unionizing the economy.

    The next step in that agenda is a vote this week on “Card Check” legislation, S. 1041, sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

    This legislation, officially titled the “Employee Free Choice Act,” would amend the National Labor Relations Act and reduce workplace fairness and democracy. Under current law, when unions attempt to organize a workplace, employees usually vote by secret ballot in a government monitored election. This process of debate and private vote is, however, unacceptable to union bosses who often lose in a fair workplace election. The unions want to be able to demand that workers make a public decision in front of a union organizer-- literally, "checking a card" instead of having the right to a private vote.

    Obviously, card check removes privacy protections for employees. It opens the workplace to intimidation and corruption, and to say the least, is a violation of the American principle of a secret ballot.

    It is fitting, then, that this legislation—which will stifle workplace democracy—will be considered this week under a cloture motion, ending the chance for a filibuster and limiting the option for a serious debate on the Senate floor.

    We will count your vote on S. 1041 as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard for 2007. The FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    FreedomWorks.org