On January 27, 2009, the NVTC Board of Directors voted unanimously to vigorously oppose the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), better known as "Card Check," and created the Card Check Task Force to manage and oversee our efforts on this issue. The Task Force is made up of members from the Board of Directors and Trustees from NVTC's TechPAC. Due to the importance of this issue and the overall significance of this legislation, the Card Check Coalition was created for other NVTC members to get involved and, since the Coalition was announced in February, we have received support and feedback from individuals representing over 117 NVTC member companies.
Card Check would be detrimental to the technology industry and here's why:
- Card Check would eliminate secret ballot elections for union recognition and would permit unions to be certified to represent an employer's employees simply by showing that a majority of employees (50% plus one) have signed authorization cards. The secret ballot is a basic tenet of our democracy.
- Under Card Check, if the employer and union cannot reach an agreement on a contract within 120 days of union certification, a federal arbitrator would be appointed to determine the parties' collective bargaining agreement — setting wages, hours, benefits and management rights. This contract would be binding and unchallengeable for a period of two years.
- Card Check also increases dramatically the penalties on employers — but not on unions — who violate the law. Thus, employers could be fined up to $20,000 for each violation found to be intentional and also could be required to pay treble damages or three times the back pay loss to employees found to have been discriminatorily terminated for union activities. However, there are no similar fines or treble damages for unions' violations.
- The technology industry's strength is in its innovation, its collaborative and team-oriented work environment, its free flow of ideas and its creativity. Unions desire uniformity, oppose merit-based systems in favor of seniority rules, and favor narrow job classifications — all approaches which stifle innovation, collaboration and creativity.
NVTC also joined the Virginians for Workplace Fairness Coalition in February 2009. This group represents 64 associations, organizations, and companies from across the Commonwealth opposed to Card Check.
- NVTC Talking Points on Card Check
- NVTC Press Release
- Virginians for Workplace Fairness Press Release
- Card Check Q&A
NVTC Card Check Task Force Members
Donna Morea, CGI
Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC
Brad Antle, Bradford SCG
Bridget Atkinson, GTSI
John Backus, New Atlantic Ventures
Mike Daniels, SAIC
Michael Ferraro, TRAINIG SOLUTIONS, Inc.
Mark Frantz, RedShift Ventures
Ted Hengst, Harris Corporation
Bill Kilberg, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Paul Leslie, Apptis
Paul Liberty, GTSI
Jack London, CACI
Myles Louria, Hunton & Williams
Duffy Mazan, Performedia, LLC
Steve Mullins, SPM Consulting
George Newstrom, Lee Technologies
Rob Quartel, FreightDesk Technologies
David Schaefer, AH&T Insurance
Brad Schwartz, Blue Canopy/ MySBX
Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association
Sudhakar Shenoy, IMC
Evan Weisel, Welz & Weisel Communications
Dendy Young, McLean Capital, LLC
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NVTC Coalition Members
Alion Science & Technology
America's Remote Help Desk
AOL Products & Technologies
Base Technologies, Inc.
BB&T|Windsor Capital Markets
Binary Group, Inc.
Bisnow on Business
Bowne Shareholder & Marketing Communications
Check Point Software
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Consumer Electronics Association
Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Credence Management Solutions
CSC North American Public Sector
Deltek Systems, Inc.
Edgewood Advisors, LLC
Equal Footing Foundation
Ernst & Young
Fairfax County EDA
Focus Technology Consulting
Gaffey & Associates, PLC
General Dynamics Information Technology
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
GWU Medical Faculty Associates
Harris Technical Services Corp.
Heidrick & Struggles
Ilium Ventures, LLC
IT Solutions, LLC
Jackson Lewis LLP
Jewell & Associates
JX2 Professional Software Services
Korn Ferry International
LeapFrog Solutions Inc.
New Atlantic Ventures
Northern Virginia Community College
Northrop Grumman Information Technology
Orbital Sciences Corporation
Pascal Metrics, Inc.
Patton Boggs LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
PNC Bank Greater Washington
Primescape Solutions, Inc.
Siemens Enterprise Communications
Statpoint Technologies, Inc.
The Carlyle Group
The Insurance Exchange, Inc.
The Rainfield Group
The Washington Post Company
Training Solutions, Inc.
Turtle Wings / Data Killers
Unity Resources Group
USM Business Systems, Inc
Veatch Commercial Real Estate
Welz & Weisel Communications
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