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Dear Member,

The past few legislative sessions have taught us an important lesson: major legislation can be won or lost by a single vote.

Even the finest elected officials sometimes need assurance from their business folks back home when it comes to critical issues. Contact from their constituents is often the best means of communication during and after the legislative session. Click on the "Take Action" icon to the left and let your elected officials know how you feel about the issues.

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IFA Supports Economic Stimulus Package
To address current economic concerns, the bi-partisan Leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson announced on January 24 that they had reached an agreement on a short-term stimulus package in response to the slowing economy.

This stimulus package will provide for a tax rebate for all Americans who pay income or payroll taxes in order to encourage consumer spending and build consumer confidence in the economy. The package also includes critical tax incentives to encourage business investment activity: bonus depreciation and a significant increase in first year expensing.

Just as important, the proposal includes no tax increases of any kind, and it includes neither direct federal spending increases nor permanent increases in government programs.

The House leaders were very disciplined and focused and moved quickly to do something that will make a difference this year in the economy. If the Senate adds spending proposals to this bill, it will derail quick enactment and possibly kill the bill entirely.

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Congress to Allow Pay Discrimination Litigation in Perpetuity
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, H.R. 2831, would permit an employee to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission years or even decades after the allegedly discriminatory act occurred. Although an employer may have lawfully destroyed relevant records, changed policies and leadership, and is no longer able to contact potential witnesses, the employer would remain liable for and have to defend against such cases. The standard set forth in the bill would also apply to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This broad change to current law would effectively create infinite liability for employers.
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RESPECT Act Reclassifies Supervisors as Employees For Unionization Purposes
The RESPECT Act would not benefit anyone -- union members, employees, managers, employers, owners -- other than union bosses. This legislation would undermine an employer’s abilities and rights to legally manage its business and create uncertainty in business dealings where supervisors are agents of their employers. In particular, a business would not be able to depend on a group of front-line supervisors, one of whose tasks would be to manage the flow of work as well as the workforce to accomplish its routine work on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour and even minute-to-minute basis. Just as President Abraham Lincoln once said that “a house divided against itself cannot stand”, a business with front-line supervisors who are conflicted or have divided loyalties can not grow, prosper, be successful or create more job opportunities for its employees to pursue the American dream.

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I Saw Your Vote on Card Check
IFA strongly opposes legislation to deprive workers of private ballot elections in the workplace, such as H.R. 800. Misleadingly entitled the “Employee Free Choice Act,” the bill would give unions the right to avoid private ballot elections, dismantling the 60-year old system overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, and would grant union recognition based on a simple majority of signed cards. Fortunately, the Senate voted NOT to consider H.R. 800 at this time, but by less than a majority (51-48, with 51 voting in favor of consideration of the bill now. The motion required 60 votes to pass.) Please immediately follow-up with your Senators to thank them, or share your disappointment with them. This issue will continue to be at the forefront of the Democrats agenda, as it is the number one priority for the special interest labor unions.

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Congress to Mandate New Paid Leave Benefits
Legislation entitled the Healthy Families Act (S. 910 and H.R. 1542) would require employers to extend a minimum of paid sick leave and employment benefits to all individuals except those who work for establishments with fewer than 15 employees.
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Congress Voted Not to Protect Private Elections and Democracy in the Workplace!
IFA strongly opposes legislation to deprive workers of private ballot elections in the workplace, such as H.R. 800. Misleadingly entitled the “Employee Free Choice Act,” H.R. 800 would give unions the right to avoid private ballot elections, dismantling the 60-year old system overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, and would grant union recognition based on a simple majority of signed cards. Unfortunately, H.R. 800 passed the House of Representatives on March 1st. Please immediately follow-up with your member of Congress to let him or her know that you are aware of how they have voted to represent you.
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