The Employee Free Choice Act takes away a Arkansans fundamental right to a private ballot in union organizing elections. Big union bosses would bypass free and fair union elections supervised by the National Labor Relations Board for a "card check" system where they could intimidate and coerce workers to sign cards authorizing the formation of a union. Under this bill, once the union has obtained a mere majority of workers signing authorization cards, a union is immediately recognized with no further discussion or debate and no secret ballot election.
In contrast to a private ballot election, a card check system allows the union and employer alike to see where you stood. The private ballot is the cornerstone of American democracy. Only when a vote is private -- free of the intimidation or coercion that open public "voting" would invite -- can the people's voice truly be heard. The Employee Free Choice Act would rip apart a sacred American right in favor of an unfair and coercive card check process. That's why EFCA should really be called the Employee "Forced Choice" Act.
In addition, this legislation takes away rights from workers and businesses by empowering government arbitrators to mandate contracts on employers and employees alike without their consent. The decisions made by these bureaucrats would affect everything from wages, duties, hours, benefits, and workplace conditions. If an Arkansas business is unable to comply with the government’s demands, it would most likely be forced to close or move overseas.