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Automated Card Check - Coming to Your Next Round of Organizing?

Under ordinary circumstances, I don't spend a lot of time on this site talking about union organizing.2g6udmzgua  However, since many readers have background in this area and want to stay up on recent trends, I have to point out the recent developments surrounding the Employee Free Choice Act that was the subject of a recent National Review article...

With union participation on the decline, a new proposed bill, the Employee Free Choice Act, would make it easier for workers to unionize. Most pro-union organizations say that the current unionization process, which involves a secret-ballot election, often drags on and enables retaliation against union supporters, thereby eliminating employee's free choice. Under the new legislation, workers could unionize if a majority of workers signs cards indicating they want a union—a process otherwise known as a card check or majority sign up. While union groups are in strong support of the bill and hope it would help boost union participation, business groups have mounted a campaign to stop the bill. The House is expected to pass the bill next week; however, the legislation is likely to face tougher challenges in the Senate and by President Bush.

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Elliot Andrews

Here are my concerns with the Employee Free Choice Act: Sometimes it seems that labor activists do not consider honest disagreement to be possible. Consider the rhetoric that labor has always used to advance its purposes. Any employer who prefers to remain non-union is a “union buster” and lumped in with the “bad actors.”Cross a picket line – you’re a “scab.” Decline to pay union dues – you’re a “free rider.” Think unions have served their purpose? – you need a "frontal lobotomy." Decide to work for management – you are, in the words of one pro-labor blogger, a “Turncoat Organizer [who] Drowns in Corporate Cash .” This type of rhetoric certainly gives one pause to consider whether an employee who declines to sign a card will be treated with respect by a union.

www.efcaupdates.com

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