Workforce Fairness Institute

The Employee 'Forced' Choice Act is Bad for Workers, Businesses & U.S. Economy

The Employee 'Forced' Choice Act (EFCA) is a Big Labor-supported bill in Congress that, if passed and signed into law, would have dire consequences for American workers, businesses and the economy. EFCA would:

  • Take away the secret ballot vote from workers in union organizing elections.
  • Force employees and employers into unions whether they support them or not.
  • Insert a federal arbitrator after just 90 days of collective-bargaining negotiations, a federal bureaucrat will have the final say on a small business' wages, benefits and workplace conditions.

EFCA Is Bad For Workers

Despite its misleading title, EFCA would actually diminish worker freedom by taking away the secret ballot vote in union-organizing elections. Under EFCA, instead of using secret ballots, a worker could be approached at any time or place by a union representative and asked to sign a card in support of unionization. The secret ballot is a time-honored tradition developed to help keep elections fair and free of intimidation. Taking it away from workers will open them up to coercion and intimidation. Additionally, under EFCA, if negotiations take longer than just a few months, a Federal arbitrator would be sent in to mandate final contract terms regardless of whether they force the small business to close or move overseas. Workers would not have the right to vote on these contracts, another time-honored right they would lose, and there would be no appeals process.

EFCA Is Bad For Businesses

EFCA is as bad for businesses as it is for workers. Under EFCA, small businesses would have no recourse once a Federal arbitrator has set the final terms of the contract. Small businesses would suffer as easier unionization rules would allow Big Labor to force unions on companies. This could prove disastrous as there are no guarantees that the arbitrator will have the relevant business experience to make the right choices. As their administrative costs rise as a result of forced unionization, many firms that are surviving on the thinnest of margins simply won't be able to stay in business.

EFCA Is Bad For The Economy

It's a broadly accepted fact that the only way for our economy to truly recover will be if businesses - especially small businesses - start creating new jobs again. EFCA will make this immeasurably harder. The more we shackle small businesses with additional costs and interference from union bosses or government bureaucrats, the harder it will be for them to get back to the business of running their companies, turning a profit and creating good jobs for American workers.

Who Is EFCA Good For?

Big Labor, that's who. The only people who really stand to benefit from EFCA's passage are union bosses. Under EFCA, labor bosses would be able to force more workers into unions, increasing the national unions' political clout and filling their coffers with dues.


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