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Pending legislation would change labor relations landscape

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Presently pending before Congress are two bills that could dramatically change labor relations across the United States.

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish a new system that would enable employees to form and join labor unions. The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007 would bolster unionizing efforts among police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers nationwide.

Card checks, not ballots

Under current labor law, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certifies a union as the exclusive representative of employees if it is elected by either a majority signature drive (known as a card check) or by secret balloting overseen by the NLRB. An election currently takes place if more than 30% of employees in a bargaining unit sign statements asking for representation by a union.

If the EFCA passes, unions will be able to obtain reco...(register to read more)

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