Ok, enough of my response onto STEALTH EFCA, also known as the Patriot Corporations of America Act of 2009. Attorney Randy Coffey, writing for KansasCity.com, in a commentary entitled Proposal Puts Too Much Power in Union's Hands states that "...the Patriot Corporations of America Act of 2009, deserves particular focus because it would greatly increase the success of union-organizing drives. Further, if the legislation includes a card-check feature rather than allowing employees to vote for or against a union by secret ballot, it would achieve the Employee Free Choice Act’s key provision through the regulatory process."
This act has a number of provisions for companies to show their "loyalty to the United States", such as:
- Produce at least 90 percent of its goods and services in the United States.
- Pay its highest-paid manager no more than 10,000 percent more than lowest-paid full-time employee.
- Conduct at least 50 percent of its research and development within the United States.
- Contribute at least 5 percent of its payroll to a portable pension fund for employees.
- Pay at least 70 percent of its employees’ health insurance costs.
- Provide full differential salary and insurance benefits for all National Guard and Reserve employees who are called to active duty.
- Violate no federal workplace regulations, including those relating to the environment, workplace safety, labor relations and consumer protection.
So do not be wooed by the tax savings. What you may save in taxes may cost you in other areas, such as healthcare for employees (Stealth healthcare reform) and in the costs associated with dealing with unions. If you have any doubt what those costs are read the post I referenced above. You may opt to sign on, but at least make an informed decision. For one thing, signing on for this will broadcast to unions that you are an easy target.