Card-check bill compromise still unfair to industry16 Oct, 2009 By: Tarun Patel Hotel and Motel Management
Political advocacy is a growing passion of mine. In August, I completed the first 100 days of my term as AAHOA chairman, and I must say there probably could not have been a more opportune time to put that passion to the test. Over the past several months, our industry has been entrenched in a battle at the federal level to oppose one of the most egregiously misnamed pieces of legislature ever to threaten our hotels and businesses. Of course, I’m referring to the Employee Free Choice Act.
I am proud to say that we, as an entire industry, have done an excellent job of uniting to speak out about the numerous dangers this bill poses to the way we run our businesses. Likewise, AAHOA has been very fortunate to have formed strong alliances with powerful organizations such as AH&LA and the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace in order to protect our rights. Small business owners throughout the country depend on industry leaders to unite and be heard when it comes to making sure our best interests are taken into consideration while Congress debates the merits of legislation like EFCA.
Lately, union advocates have sensed that our efforts to defeat this proposed bill are a much bigger threat than they had originally thought and have begun offering what they call a “compromise.” Quite frankly, I am not sure which is more misplaced—the name of the bill or the name of this new offering.
Some of the specifics of their compromise include reducing the time for organizing a vote to 10 days once 30 percent of the employees sign union cards. This would severely reduce the amount of time for employees to learn about the kind of union they would be joining. Another aspect involves applying a binding federal arbitration to a contract if a settlement is not reached within 90 days. All this would do is reward a union for stalling negotiations.
We must be clear that this is certainly not a compromise because it essentially still strips the basic freedoms from us that accompany a union-free workplace. Many of you share the same passion as I do for protecting what we have worked so hard to build. That same passion is what has carried us this far and what will help us ensure that our freedoms will not be stripped away from us.