I can’t help but wonder which version of House Resolution 1409, titled the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, the chambers of commerce have been reading. Their insistence that the EFCA “threatens the right to a secret ballot in union elections” is a lie.
I’ve seen many letters to the editor, television commercials and e-mails with regard to the Employee Free Choice Act, both pro and con. These communications claim that the EFCA takes away the worker’s right to a secret ballot when forming a union. Some of the e-mails I’ve received claim that passage of the EFCA gives unions access to organize employees of small businesses, which in turn threatens the backbone of business in America.
It is time to get the facts straight on the Employee Free Choice Act.
The aptly named act does not eliminate the worker’s right to a secret ballot in a union election. Under current law, the secret ballot or majority sign-up may be used when forming a union. What is new is this: Workers, not corporations, will now be able to decide which process they want to use to form their union.
Much has been said and written about the Employee Free Choice Act making its way through Congress. To cut through the rhetoric and propaganda from both sides, it is necessary to first review how the systems for unionizing operate now and compare that to what the proposed changes actually mean to businesses and, more importantly, workers.
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