Bennett Says Card Check Bill Defies Democratic Principles and Damages Vitality of Businesses

Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) today joined Senate Republicans in a hearing on the card check bill, the Employee ‘NO’ Choice Act, to discuss the dangers this legislation will have on small businesses.

“The Employee ‘NO’ Choice Act not only defies our democratic principles, but it undermines our country’s efforts to create jobs and improve the economy,” said Bennett. “This legislation would strip American workers of their fundamental right to a secret ballot and lead to higher costs on businesses. During a time when many companies are struggling financially and unemployment is rising, why would our government try to slap the business sector with union demands and issue penalties that apply only to employers?”

The card check legislation takes away the right of employees to choose whether they wish to be represented by a union through a secret ballot election. The measure includes binding arbitration provisions that will give a government appointed arbitrator the power to dictate wages, benefits and working conditions for employees and employers.

“I have heard from small business owners in Utah that say this bill would force them to send jobs overseas or face closing their doors,” added Bennett.  “This is bad legislation that would damage the vitality of businesses across the country.”

The Employee ‘NO’ Choice Act, S.560, was introduced in the Senate on March 10, 2009 and has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.