With all of the well founded concern regarding the government takeover of private banks, insurance and automobile companies, as well as ongoing conversations about implementing national health care, it is easy to forget that Congress is also proposing to change the way unions can organize.
With union density falling from 35% to about 7.5% today, labor unions have mounted an all-out push for radical revision of our nation’s labor laws, instead of reevaluating why American workers don’t want to join unions in the same numbers as they did 50 years ago.
The so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is organized labor’s proposal. All agree that enacting EFCA would increase union density, but how would it accomplish that goal? You won’t get the answer from EFCA’s proponents, who are trying hard not to discuss the provisions of EFCA as they push for its passage.
You will get the answers from a free briefing book written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce entitled, The Employee Free Choice Act: Piercing the Rhetoric. The purpose of this briefing book is to provide an analysis of EFCA’s three provisions: card check certification for union organizing, compulsory interest arbitration of first contracts, and increased penalties on employers. No part of EFCA can be justified and it is in the best interests of employees and employers alike that this bill never be enacted.
While this briefing book is designed for readers who are not labor lawyers, appendices include bill text as well as how the National Labor Relations Act would read if amended by EFCA. Extensive endnotes also provide citations to relevant case law and other supporting materials.