Only a few weeks after taking his Oath of Office, President Obama issued four pro-union Executive Orders, reversing some of the pro-employer policies that had been implemented during the previous administration and imposing significant new obligations on federal contractors. On March 10, Democrats re-introduced the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) in both houses of Congress. President Obama has long supported the EFCA.
Under the EFCA, employers would be forced to recognize a union that has received signed union authorization cards from more than 50% of employees and would no longer be able to request a secret ballot election. Two weeks prior, Republicans introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act into both houses.
The EFCA also requires binding arbitration if the employer and union cannot reach a collective bargaining agreement within 120 days. Employer penalties for unfair labor practices are also increased unde...(register to read more)