The challenges facing our businesses – and our consumers – continue to grow. As the 111th Congress prepares to convene in January, our collective industries stand ready to work with both Congress and the new administration to address issues impacting the lives of our companies, our employees and the communities we serve.
One such issue is a dramatic labor reform proposal that was introduced in 2007 and slated to be re-introduced in this Congress. Known as the “Employee Free Choice Act,” or “Card Check Bill,” the legislation will:
>Eliminate the secret-ballot election and the need for an employer to agree to the card check process. The bill would allow a union to be certified once it has proven to the NLRB that a majority of employees in an appropriate unit have signed authorization cards. These cards can be signed at the workplace or at the home.
>Eliminate the employer’s right to decline unfavorable proposals during collective bargaining negotiations. Under card check, when a nonunion company is unionized, management and labor would only have 90 days to settle a contract. After that, the union could force the newly unionized company into government-supervised mediation. If the union and management still have not reached an agreement in another 30 days, a government-appointed arbitrator would set the final binding contract terms.
We believe it is important for you to learn more about this change to U.S. labor law. The following websites can provide some valuable tools to learn about the consequences of the Employee Free Choice Act, and how you can get involved.
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U.S. Chamber: http://www.uschamber.com/
Coalition for a Democratic Workplace: http://www.myprivateballot.com/
Workplace Fairness Institute: file://www.savetheelection.com/