Mar 10, 2009
The battle to save the middle class and protect workers begins anew
The battle to save the middle class and protect workers began anew today with the re-introduction of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) in both the U.S. House and Senate.
The EFCA levels the playing field against management that already holds all the cards. The bill simply allows employees at a worksite who want a union to simply sign a card clearly indicating support for a union, and the company is required to recognize the union when a majority of workers indicate they want it. During its last go around, corporate lobbyists blocked this bill, backed by the same union busters and greedy CEOs who ran this economy into the ground.
Republicans have pulled out all the stops to kill both this bill and unions. The false talking point they have grabbed onto is that EFCA does away with the so-called “secret ballot,” and opposing it will allegedly do away with the secret ballot. That is a complete like that even the media has bought into. The reality is EFCA simply takes that power out of the hands of management and puts it into the hands of the employees.
The secret ballot is still preserved, but the power is now in the hands of the workers instead of management who use it as just one more roadblock to establishing a union. Management uses the time to threaten workers, bring in union busting teams and fire organizers and sympathizers.
Employers can require workers to attend all-day mandatory propaganda sessions on paid company time where they can put out false information about the union, say the company will close if unionized and threaten to fire workers.
Union organizers can do little put try to pass out flyers as workers drive out of the employee parking lot as company security keep them as far from workers as possible.
The Employee Free Choice Act simply levels the playing field.