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Small Business Owners' Guide to the Election

By: Kent Hoover, Bizjournals
Posted: October 17, 2008

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The Employee Free Choice Act would allow unions to represent workers if 51 percent of employees sign a card indicating they want a union. No election would be necessary.

The bill is the AFL-CIO's top legislative priority. It passed the House this Congress, but died in the Senate.

President Bush promised to veto the bill, and John McCain opposes it. Both contend the legislation is undemocratic because it denies workers the right to a secret ballot.

Giovanni Coratalo, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's small and midmarket business councils, said he has heard more concerns from businesses about the Employee Free Choice Act than any other issue besides the economy.

"Small businesses should be afraid of this," Coratolo said. Video