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The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) - Dead in the Senate...

Here's some good news - remember the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)?  This organized labor sponsored bill was set to allow unions to organize workplaces without workers voting for unionization in elections with secret ballots.  Instead, under the act unions could use the "card check" system, and once a majority of a company's employees signed a card expressing consent, the union would be automatically certified as the bargaining agent for all the workers.  If signed into law, employers would have lost the right to to tell their side of the story via meetings, etc...

The good news?  The EFCA is dead for now.  From the Union Free Employer:Union_card

"Last week, on a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 800 -- otherwise deceptively known as the "Employee Free Choice Act" -- the Senate voted 51 to 48 in favor of cloture. Thus, the Act's partisan supporters fell nine (9) votes short of the sixty (60) votes needed to end a silent filibuster of the bill. This vote likely means the end of consideration for the special interest payback bill during this Congress.

The defeat of this misguided piece of legislation is a victory for American employers and employees alike. But employers and other opponents of the E.F.C.A. cannot rest on their laurels."

Looks like organized labor has gone away on this issue for now, but you can bet they'll be back after the 2008 elections if they get the desired results in the Senate and White House.  Special thanks to Seth Borden, Carter Wood and Richard Hankins, the pros who reported the employer side of this bill that would be a disaster for the US Economy.... We'll come back to them when this thing fires up again after the 2008 elections....

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