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Unions at your doorstep: The ABCs of EFCA … and how to respond

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by Mark Mathison, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), commonly referred to as the “card check” bill, is the top legislative priority of labor unions. Democrats in Congress and President Obama have expressed support for the proposed law.

If passed, the EFCA would streamline the process of union organizing, tilting it substantially in favor of workplace unionization. The law would make it more difficult for employers to oppose union organizing, and would limit employers’ bargaining power if they do become unionized.

The federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) governs most private employers. The EFCA in its present proposed form has three primary features that would change the NLRA in unprecedented ways.

1. It would abolish an employer’s right to demand that its employees be afforded a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to decide whet...(register to read more)

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