Nationally small businesses perpetuate the most jobs and the same is true in North Dakota.
According to the Small Business Administration, more than 18,000 small businesses in North Dakota are keeping North Dakotans employed. These businesses range from restaurants to construction to retail and will be at risk if the Employee Free Choice Act passes in Congress.
EFCA will simplify the process by which unionization takes place by taking away secret ballot elections. The first union exposure a small business has might be at the end of secret campaign. Such a secretive approach not only undermines trust between workers and employers, it could break existing small businesses and stop new businesses from starting. Small businesses need to focus on product development and ways to grow and create new jobs, not the legal wrangling and likely battles imposed by EFCA.
Our congressional delegation should be working to encourage businesses to innovate, invest, create jobs and take risks. Instead, with EFCA, it is more likely that we will lose our jobs, and businesses react by scaling back.
Tell our senators Conrad and Dorgan to vote no on EFCA.
Tracy Tooz, vice president of Tooz Construction, Dickinson