Amendment 7 matters
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Nov 02, 2012 | 2327 views |  0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here’s why Amendment 7 on Tuesday’s ballot is significant: Alabama has enjoyed wonderful economic development and job creation news lately from Gov. Robert Bentley and his team. Alabama is doing something “right,” say national publications and newspapers.

Voters have the right to allow Alabama to continue to do something right: the right to continue to recruit industries to Alabama. By continuing to be a right-to-work state, employees can continue to decide for themselves whether to join a union. The purpose of Amendment 7 is to continue that right under secret-ballot elections. Privacy in voting is traditional in our secret-ballot system.

The secret-ballot provision needs to be law so that whenever employees of a business conduct a vote to continue to operate as a non-union company, unions cannot harass or intimidate employees into changing their mind. It ensures that the will of the majority prevails. It also assures state leaders can continue to recruit industry to Alabama that let employees and their companies make decisions for what is best.

Groups opposing this bill do so because it takes away union power to manipulate people into doing what unions want them to do. Alabama’s main tool needed to continue to grow our state and create jobs is passage of Amendment 7. Without the free enterprise system being the way we do business in Alabama, industry might look elsewhere.

Let’s create jobs and make recruiting industry to Alabama easy. The way to do that is to vote “yes” on Amendment 7.

Jay Reed
President
Associated Builders and
Contractors of Alabama
Birmingham
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