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January 6, 2009

  1. Employee Free Choice Act
    Re-read our letter to President Obama
  2. Repeal of Section 14 (B) of Taft-Hartley Act
    We also touched on this issue in our letter to President Obama. Basically it would take from states the right to enact right-to-work laws
  3. Government Unions
    "Big Labor" demands the forced unionization of EMT's, firefighters and police by federal fiat -overturning the laws of more than two dozen states
  4. Huge expansion of Family Medical Leave Act
    No incoming President has ever set a more ambitious work-family agenda than Barack Obama-here are just 3 examples:
    a. The Healthy Families Act
    This legislation sponsored by Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro would require employers with just 15 workers to provide 7 paid days for their own or a family member's illness-we object to the proposal's rigid, one-size-fits-all mandate. We also know once this law is passed, it is easy next year to reduce the number of employees to 5. We also believe that this law is unnecessary because 75% of employers already provide paid sick days.
    b. The President wants to dramatically expand the 1993 Family Leave Act
    Currently employees of companies with 50 or more workers can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to tend to newborn and adopted children, sick family members or the workers' own medical conditions. President-Elect Obama, this year wants to extend the mandate to employers with 25 workers and cover far more purposes, including children's school needs and the care of a wider range of family members
  5. c. The largest political gambit of all - is paid family leave - this program will be similar to the state of California's which uses the state's temporary-disability-insurance fund to provide up to six weeks paid family leave
  6. Minimum Wage Hike
    The President promised to "raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour"
  7. Patriot Employer Act
    This bill imposes tax increases on firms that have operations outside the United States and tax hikes on those firms that don't agree to "labor neutrality", card check, etc.
  8. Union Financial Disclosure
    This concept would drastically revise the Office of Labor Management's Standards Form LM2 that has continually embarrassed and caused many legal problems for union bosses by forcing them to reveal their salaries and spending
  9. Fair Pay Act
    This proposal is a direct response to the "Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co." Supreme Court decision in which it said that the 180-day statute of limitations for equal pay lawsuits begins on the date the pay was agreed to. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would re-start the statute of limitations each time that a paycheck was received.
  10. National Labor Relations Board
    The goal is to ram through pro-union appointees to the NLRB
  11. Overturn President Bush's Executive Order on Beck Rights Notices
    In 1988 the Supreme Court ruled that employees could demand a refund on that portion of their dues that was being used for political purposes over their objection. They felt this was a violation of the First Amendment. The court also found that 79% of member dues were not being used properly. This "Beck Decision" is organized labors' "Achilles Heel".

We have to create a firestorm of opposition-please contact your legislators and make them know you are totally opposed to this type of egregious legislation.

Malcolm Lunn
Chairman of the Board
United Small Business of America

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