Employee Free Choice Act

The current system for forming unions and bargaining is broken. Every day, corporations deny workers the freedom to decide for themselves whether to form unions to bargain for a better life. They routinely intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire workers who try to form unions and bargain for economic well-being.

The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041), supported by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, would level the playing field for workers and employers and help rebuild America’s middle class. It would restore workers’ freedom to choose a union by:

* Establishing stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations.
* Providing mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes.
* Allowing employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.

The two best places to learn more about the Employee Free Choice Act are this page on the AFL-CIO website and this from American Rights at Work. Do a little exploring as there are many valuable resources one each site.

Videos

Debate featuring Stewart Acuff

Stewart Acuff speech

Senator Bernie Sanders on Employee Free Choice Act

Other Resources on the Employee Free Choice Act and Workers Rights

Communication Workers of America
Jobs With Justice

7 Responses

  1. Bush appointed Robert Battista to head the NRLB and supposedly he has weakened it considerably. He left knowing that the Dems would not tolerate his lead on the Board and now is a primary litigator for Littler Mendelson (preparing reports and preparing them fro major litigation related to EFCA). I now hear that this is all part of the game plan for his destructive work with the NRLB (i.e. that he can now exploit what he has done by working for a private law firm that specializes in union-busting).

    Do we not have laws that prevent one from so blatantly profiting from his activities on behalf of the federal government, particularly as it relates to weakening the ability of the government to pursue its essential regulatory responsibility?

    Are any legal actions being brought against this activity of Battista and the L-M?

    Look at it from another angle, perhaps the only reason that Battista took the NRLB job in the first place was because he and Littler-Mendelson planned on profiting from what he would do as head of the NRLB, and now they are cashing in on this major deception.

    Please send any pertinent information and please comment on this if you can.

    Thanks,

    S. Kaattari

  2. I think DSA would be more effective if they had a chapter in what are percieved to be GOP strongholds, like the South, Idaho and Utah. For these areas, few people understand what Democratic Socialism is–in fact, to most folks in these places, it’s a slur. People will not only deeply distrust DS so long as they remain ignorant of it, they will distrust anything associated with it–including the EFCA.

    The major cities-Austin, New Orleans, Little Rock, Southern Florida–and university towns like Athens–will be more open if the argument is presented to the people who live there than rural regions. They in turn can apply enough pressure to fence-sitting politicians–like Mary Landrieu–and get them to come down on our side of the issue.

  3. I disagree with EFCA as is now. First, it would limit the ability of employers to inform about specific issues. And yes, the employer is deeply affected by a union, mostly in terms of cost of operations and flexibility to conduct business. That’s a very strong reason to keep it the way it is. Haven’t we learned anything from GM, yet?

    Another reason is that we are now coercing the employers’ freedom of speech (in its own property).

    Why do union or union apologetics have to blame others for their failures?

    The so called union-busters, most of the time, do not need to say anything that is not true. basically, they base their arguments on union records, facts, union documents, corruption inside the union, lack of democracy, lack of representation, discrimination, etc…Isn’t it true?

    Besides, union reps. lie, all the time, when they talk to employees to sign up the union card. They mislead and deceive.

    All these issues are important to employees, don’t you think?

  4. How can the system be broken if unions are winning a bit over 50% of the elections in the USA? Seems fair to me.

    As someone who has been through many campaigns, there is just as much employee intimidation by those internal and external folks that want a union? Many people sign cards just to get them out of their face knowing they would vote NO if there was every an election.

    The EFCA will only do one thing—put more money into big labors pocket. Thats not what the labor movement is about. Its one of the reasons people don’t want to be associated with unions now.

    Its kinda like religion, we believe in God, but are tired of the greed, power, and corruption of “organized” religion.

  5. I am a fan of both Stuart Acuff and Bernie Sanders, but EFCA would do little to help unions organize. It leaves in tact the employer’s chief advantage of instant access to the workers being organized. In fact it might well lead to earlier and more continuous captive audience speeches. Organized labor should make its first priortiy stengthening the right to strike. Do away with permannet replacement and the secondary boycott laws.

  6. Liberty is important, that is why it is imperative to increase the number of Right to Work States.

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