BY JOHN R. VREELAND
Employers must prepare themselves for the very real possibility that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will become a reality next year. This legislation, already approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and likely to come up for a Senate vote in early 2009, would amend the federal National Labor Relations Act.
If passed and signed into law, the EFCA would dramatically change the way unions organize workers and how unions and employers negotiate initial collective bargaining agreements.
No more secret ballots
The EFCA would eliminate the current secret-ballot process by which employees choose to be represented by a union. In its place would be what’s known as a basic card-check system.
Currently, a union seeking to represent workers must get 30% of employees to sign union authorization cards. If that happens, the employer has the right to require the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to co...(register to read more)