Thursday, February 26, 2009


Recently I posted a article about the attempts by unions to have Congress pass what is known as the "card check" legislation. During his campaign President Obama pledged to support this legislation. At a recent State Chamber of Commerce meeting a committee member stated that unions were going to begin by targeting small service businesses. Besides hospitals, doctor offices and restaurants that would include us in the salon and spa industry.

Below is an editorial from the Washington Times backing up these claims.

If you would like more information on this subject let me know and I will pass on to you.

EDITORIAL: 'Yes, they do want to unionize your gas station'

(Washington Times) -- In a Feb. 12 editorial, U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Cal.), the ranking minority member on the House Education and Labor Committee, writes that organized labor's top priority — replacing secret ballots with "card-checks" — would have "dire consequences" on America's small businesses. "Workers will lose their right to be heard, both on the question of whether to unionize and on the details of their first contract," McKeon writes. "Businesses will be unable to communicate with their own employees about what's best for their shared future."

He writes that some entrepreneurs and observers wrongly believe that firms with fewer than 100 employees are already or soon will be exempt -- and won't be affected by the "Card Check" bill.
"Under current law, card check could indeed be applied to the corner grocery store-and probably will," McKeon write. "The local deli with a few high-school students washing dishes and working the cash register after school? They're a target too." Small businesses are an obvious target for union organizing, he says.

"Small businesses are the largest source of new jobs in this country. With nearly 600,000 workers being hit with pink slips last month, crippling the small-business community with card check might just be the worst thing we could possibly do for job creation and retention. But that is exactly what Congress is poised to do."