The Danger of EFCA (aka “Card Check”)
Union membership has been declining for decades and a natural result of that declining membership is a decline in the power held by unions in America. Now that Democrats will control both houses of Congress and the White House, the union bosses are seizing the opportunity to reverse their decades long death spiral. To achieve this goal, they’ve crafted the benevolently named Employee Free Choice Act (aka “Card Check”).
So, what is this bill whose name makes it sound like something everyone in America would embrace?
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, a Boston, MA law firm published The Employee Free Choice Act: An Employer’s Survival Guide. This report explains what changes we can expect to see if this bill is signed into law.
Currently, in order to unionize workers in a particular establishment, the union must obtain signed authorization cards by 30% of the targeted workers in a company. Once it’s accomplished this, the union files a petition with the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB then oversees an election by secret ballot in which the targeted employees choose whether or not to organize. It’s important to understand that neither union leaders, other employees, nor employers can determine which employees voted for and which voted against organizing. If more than 50% of employees vote to organize, the NLRB will certify the union as the employees’ exclusive collective bargaining representative.
How will this process change if EFCA is allowed to become law?
The secret ballot will disappear. If the union collects signed authorization cards from 50% of the targeted workers, there will be no election. Employees who didn’t sign cards will have no chance to vote, no chance to campaign against organization. Once the signed cards are collected, the NLRB will be required to certify the union and the company will be required to recognize it as the collective bargaining representative of all employees.
According to Newsmax.com, 59% of Americans oppose EFCA. The ARRA News Service reports even some left-leaning newspapers know that EFCA will further weaken the already fragile U.S. economy. But, the following video shows President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s unequivocal support for eliminating workers’ rights to choose whether or not to unionize their shops by secret ballot.
Most people consider the secret ballot a sacred right, a fundamental right in a democratic society. It affords voters an opportunity to vote their conscience without fear of intimidation by those who oppose their views. Removing the secret ballot places physically weaker employees who don’t want a union in the difficult position of changing their vote to avoid a physical confrontation with bigger, stronger coworkers.
But is this really a concern. I mean, we live in a civilized society right?
Unions have a long history of using violence to intimidate those who don’t stand with them. The Right to Work Blog documents these cases under it’s Union Corruption and Violence tag.
Still don’t believe this bill will endanger those who don’t want to unionize? Check out these videos and see if they change your mind.
Nobody is debating the right of workers to organize, but some want to deny the right not to join a union. Amazing isn’t it? But that’s exactly why the unions want to force workers to become members–not to choose, but be forced–through this legislation.
The name sounds harmless, but the Employee Free Choice Act is anything but harmless. If we allow this bill to become law, we are subjecting innocent people (who simply want to work and earn a living to provide for their families) to the violence of strong-arm union bosses who want to strip them of their rights!
Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know you oppose eliminating the secret ballot and eliminating the right of workers to choose whether or not to hand over control of their lives to union bosses.
Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – The Team Obama’s Strategy–ARRA News Service