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October 7, 2008 - On "America's Business with Mike Hambrick" radio program, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) said misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" threatens democracy and economy. Legislation would take away workers' fundamental right to private vote on union organizing. Under legislation, private ballot elections would be replaced by card check system. According to DeMint, voters need to let congressmen and senators know they're going to support them if they fight these union bosses on this issue.

Sen. DeMint Says Card Check Bill Threatens Freedom and Free Enterprise


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Press release date: October 3, 2008

In Radio Interview, Senator Urges Public to Protest Employee Free Choice Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2008 - On this week's "America's Business with Mike Hambrick" radio program, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) says the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" threatens democracy and the economy. The senator says voters should urge lawmakers to oppose the legislation. The Employee Free Choice Act would take away workers' fundamental right to a private vote on union organizing. Under the legislation, private ballot elections would be replaced by a "card check" system.

WHO: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Member of the Senate Commerce, Energy & Natural Resources, and Joint Economic Committees

DeMint discussed why he opposed the card check bill in the Senate:
"It's hard for me to get past the name 'Employee Free Choice Act' because it's anything but free choice. In fact, we know when you take the secret ballot away from a worker or a voter of any kind you basically subject them to intimidation and public pressure that shouldn't be there. People have a right to vote in private. But I opposed this bill because I think unionization, while maybe appropriate at one time in our country, certainly is part of bringing down a lot of American industries right now."

The senator says the public should get more involved in the push to defeat card check:

"That's why it's so important that workers who want to maintain the secret ballot, people who run small businesses, and Americans who just believe in freedom and free enterprise need to get engaged in this process and let their congressmen and senators know they're going to support them if they fight these union bosses on this issue. It's really a big issue for our economy. America needs to be a showcase of free enterprise. And for us to allow the unionization to undermine us in that way through the loss of secret ballot would just be a terrible loss."

WHAT: "America's Business with Mike Hambrick" is an hour-long radio program airing nationally in more than 60 markets."America's Business" explores the issues and people who make America the world's manufacturing leader. Hosted by broadcast veteran Mike Hambrick, the show features news, commentary and interviews with leading news makers and manufacturers, "the millions of people who make things." To listen to the program, go to http://www.americasbusiness.org.
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