EFCA will be changing the way employees may seek to unionize. This act all but removes secret ballot elections in union organizing campaigns, in favor of a public, card check process. Under EFCA, employees would no longer vote in private to join a union, but rather their vote would be made public to the employer, union organizers and co-workers.
Union sympathizers believe that EFCA would remove barriers to pro-union workers by enabling them to organize unions when a majority (50% plus 1) signs union authorization cards. Opponents of EFCA believe the card check process would remove the employee’s right to a private ballot when deciding about his or her future and expose employees to intimidation, harassment and coercion.
When all a union needs is 50 percent of the workforce, all businesses could be impacted. Card check would require the employer and the union to settle a contract within 90 days, after that, the union could force the newly unionized company into government-supervised mediation. If the union and management have not reached an agreement within another 30 days, a government-appointed arbitrator would set the final binding contract terms.
This is an important issue, please contact your senator and let them know how you feel about it.