We’ve seen today an interesting tactic employed by labor leaders in an attempt to portray small businesses as supporters of the EFCA. The AFL-CIO and the labor group Change to Win have created Business Leaders for a Fair Economy, a small group of companies that claim to support the EFCA. Let’s be clear here, the EFCA harms employers of all sizes and the engagement of the employer community in opposition to the EFCA is monolithic. Take a look of the list of members of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace that represents employers of all sizes and from all sectors if you had any question of the opposition to the bill. There have been few issues that have united the business community like the EFCA, as the devastating economic impacts of the legislation are clear
What I find interesting here, is although they claim to have over 1,000 members the group doesn’t list who they are. They do have a rolling marquee on their site that lists just over hundred businesses by our count.
Smaller sized manufacturers have engaged on this issue in unprecedented ways. We’ve seen thousands of letters sent to Capitol Hill from both smaller sized manufacturers and their employees. Hundreds of manufacturers have attended the NAM’s Manufacturing Summit in May and the NAM’s Stop the Employee FORCED Choice Act Executive Day on the Hill in February where they’ve met with their elected officials in Washington to urge them to oppose the EFCA in any form.
While it’s true that a few companies may have proprietary interest in participating in this union-backed effort, thousands of smaller sized manufacturers are committed to opposing the EFCA and any proposal that may stem from the fundamentally flawed bill. Efforts like what we see today only prove that labor groups are getting desperate in their attempts to show support for a jobs-killing proposal.