Former State Senator and Marine “Bud” Gardner Says Secret Ballot is “hallmark of our democracy”, Opposes EFCA

June 24th, 2009

Floridians for Responsible Policy today announced that former State Senator and retired United States Marine Colonel Winston W. “Bud” Gardner, PE of Orlando, Florida has added his voice to the growing number of Democrats that oppose the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) pending before the U.S. Congress.

“As someone who has served our country in the military and the halls of the Florida Legislature, I don’t think anyone, and especially Democrats, should be advocating stripping away the rights of workers”, said former State Senator Bud Gardner. “The secret ballot is a hallmark of our Democracy that has served us well and should not be cast aside in an attempt to increase unionization in the workplace.” Click to Read More

Prominent Democrat Opposes EFCA, Says Measure “Goes Too Far”

June 18th, 2009

Floridians for Responsible Policy today announced that former State Senator Rick Dantzler of Winter Haven, Florida has added his voice to the growing number of Democrats that oppose the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) pending before the U.S. Congress.

“I just can’t figure out why anyone would support eliminating a worker’s right to cast a secret ballot”, said former State Senator Rick Dantzler. “It’s not fair to the employee, and it’s not fair to the employer.” Click to Read More

Local Dems Against Card Check Urge Lawmakers to Drop Support – The Orlando Sentinel

June 2nd, 2009

by Beth Kassab

Two prominent local Democrats behind a new group formed to address public policy that affects business have sent a letter to members of Florida’s Congressional delegation urging them to drop their co-sponsorship and support of the Employee Free Choice Act.
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FFRP Calls on Florida Delegation to Drop Support for EFCA

June 1st, 2009

Dear Florida Delegation Members Supporting EFCA Legislation:

On behalf of Floridians for Responsible Policy, we are writing today to urge your re-consideration of co-sponsorship and support for HR 1409, the Employee Free Choice Act. This legislation has serious ramifications that go well beyond the stated intent of the bill and could do irreparable harm to some basic worker protections such as privacy, freedom from coercion and equal access.
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Employee Free Choice Act

May 18th, 2009

Floridians for Responsible Policy Opposes
the Employee Free Choice Act

The Democratic Party has a proud legacy of defending many of the most fundamental values of our American democracy. Their principled and ardent defense of civil rights, voting rights, equal protection, privacy and workplace fairness has been a traditional cornerstone of the party and has helped make the country the envy of the world. Through social unrest, economic downturns, foreign conflicts and other challenges, the Democratic Party has time and again risen to the challenge of fighting for these values even when it wasn’t politically popular.
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“Dems come out against card check” – Orlando Sentinel

May 11th, 2009

There is a growing roster of Democrats coming out against the White House-backed card check legislation, and now Orlando has its own political A-listers following suit.

Roger Chapin and Joe Kefauver recently formed an advocacy group called Floridians for Responsible Policy (, which will take on the bill that pits business against labor as item No. 1 on its agenda.

Chapin and Kefauver, both longtime Democrats who voted for Barack Obama for president and contributed to Democratic candidates, say the Employee Free Choice Act is bad for a lot of reasons, but first and foremost it represents an “over-reaching” by their party.
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The ‘Free Choice’ Act Is Anything But – Wall St. Journal

May 7th, 2009

By GEORGE S. MCGOVERN – Wall St. Journal

The recent news that Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter has become a member of the Democratic caucus has given new life to legislation that many thought had been put to rest for this Congress — the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Last year, I wrote on these pages that I was opposed to this bill because it would eliminate secret ballots in union organizing elections. However, the bill has an additional feature that isn’t often mentioned but that is just as troublesome — compulsory arbitration.
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