by Jonathan Kane and Amy G. McAndrew, Esqs., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia
By now, most employers have heard of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the proposed legislation that would make it dramatically easier for unions to organize workers and obtain favorable terms in the initial collective-bargaining agreement.
Under the current rules laid out by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), unions organize workers through the private election system with secret balloting and then bargain collectively with employers.
No more secret ballots
With the secret ballot system, employees can decide in the privacy of a voting booth whether they want to be represented by a union. The EFCA would change that by allowing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to certify a union as an employee unit’s exclusive bargaining representative after a union convinces a majority of employees to sign union authorization cards or...(register to read more)