I have been hearing alot on Employee Free Choice Act lately. Partly it is a local thing, being in Michigan where the auto industry is big, and partly on some of the cable news channels. I am wondering what people think about this.
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employee_Free_Choice_Act]Employee Free Choice Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
For those who have never been through it, what basically happens in the process is something like this: Union decides or is invited to try and unionize a shop. Employees in the shop run around getting people to sign "cards" if they can get 30 % of those up for unionization to sign, they can submit the cards and ask for an election. Wiki says usually unionizers hold off till they get over 50 %, but I know from experience this is not exclusively true. The employer now can either give in and admit the union or demand an election.In order for a workplace to organize under current U.S. labor law, the card check process begins when an employee requests blank cards from an existing union, and requests signatures on the cards from his or her colleagues. Once 30% of the work force in a particular workplace bargaining unit has signed the cards, the employer may decide to hold a secret ballot election on the question of unionization. In practice, the results of the card check usually are not presented to the employer until 50 or 60% of bargaining-unit employees have signed the cards. If the employer decides to demand an election, and the majority of votes in the election favor the union, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will certify it as the exclusive representative of the employees of that particular bargaining unit for the purpose of collective bargaining.
If enacted, the EFCA would change the currently existing procedure to require the NLRB to certify the union as the bargaining representative without directing an election if a majority of employees signed cards. The EFCA would take away employers' present right to decide whether to use only the card-check process or to hold a secret-ballot election among employees in a particular bargaining unit, and instead give the right to the employees to choose a secret-ballot election in cases where less than a majority of employees has chosen to unionize through card-check. The proposed legislation would still require a secret-ballot election when at least 30% of employees petition for an election.
The Employee Free Choice Act would change the rules so that if the organizers can get over 50 % of the effected employees to sign the "card", the NLRB will certify the union and the shop would then be unionized, with the only possible way to hold it off would be to get 30 % of those effected to petiiton for a secret ballot.
So, are you for or against this, and why?