Get the facts on EFCA, Doty

To the Editor:

Truth on Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409, 2009), was acted on in Washington, D.C., not St. Paul. Al Doty never voted on this, as stated in the (Oct. 7) Morrison County Record.

EFCA (H.R. 1409, 2009) doesn’t remove the employee’s right to the private ballot (Section 2, paragraph 6). It eliminates the mandatory requirement, the employee may request one through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in accordance with the National Labor Relations Act (Act; 29 U.S.C. 151-169, Section 9, Paragraph 5e). NLRB is a Federal Agency.

The GOP, against big government, spending and regulation, should support this legislation. Oh wait, when it comes to workers’ rights, government is never too big, never spends too much nor has enough regulation. That agenda is only for business and the wealthy.

Why they oppose the EFCA (H.R. 1409, 2009) section 4, back pay for the employee plus (2) times amount lost and civil penalties of $20,000/violation. Federal/state legislators don’t have private ballots; their votes are a simple majority, yea/nay, as are many other organizations. Read about this with the information I’ve given.

I’ve been on organizing drives; intimidation comes from the employers, not labor organizations. Sergeant Friday’s phrase,”Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.” — Jim Storlie, Little Falls

(Editor’s note: On May 1, 2008, Rep. Doty voted in support of a resolution memorializing Congress to support the Employee Free Choice Act.)