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Labor pains: The perils of the Employee Free Choice Act

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As the 2008 election cycle intensifies, organized labor is devoting substantial resources to support candidates who will advance its ambitious legislative agenda in 2009. That agenda includes passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

If the EFCA becomes law, it will mark the most significant change in American labor law in decades. Employers must understand what EFCA passage would mean and what they can do now to ensure that union organizers do not target their employees.

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), unions organize workers through a private election system and then bargain collectively with employers. With elections, employees can decide in the privacy of a voting booth whether they want to be represented by a union.

The EFCA would change all that, significantly undermining elections as the way to bring a union on board. The EFCA would also force employers to negotiate their first contrac...(register to read more)

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