Employers Beware! The Employee Free Choice Act HR 1696

Critical Labor Law Update: Employers Beware! The Employee Free Choice Act HR 1696

January 2007
The Employee Free Choice Act (“EFCA” or HR1696) is a bill pending in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. This bill, if passed, would eliminate employees’ right to a secret ballot election to determine if they wish to be represented by a union. Under this proposed legislation, an employer would be required to recognize and bargain with a union if the union demonstrates that more than 50% of the proposed union employees signed union authorization cards. These cards are normally signed in the presence of union officials without any safeguards preventing coercion or threats to employees by the union. Under current law, if employees wish to be represented by a union, the union must receive a majority vote in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). In order for an election to be conducted, the union must initially demonstrate that 30% of the potential union members desire to have an election. This 30% “showing of interest” is demonstrated by... View Full Alert by clicking link below
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