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House and Senate Introduce Card Check Legislation

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The House and Senate yesterday introduced the so called “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA), commonly referred to as card check, which would change the rules of unionization, allowing unions to be recognized without having to hold a secret ballot election. Under EFCA, unions would only have to get a majority of workers to sign cards authorizing unionization. The bill would also permit a government arbitrator to write and impose a two-year binding contract on employees and employers.

This is the second time the controversial legislation has been introduced, failing to overcome opposition in the last Congress. The House bill, H.R. 1409, has 223 co-sponsors, 10 less than last Congress, while the Senate bill, S. 560, has 40 cosponsors, 6 less than last Congress.

In January, AMI joined more than 500 members of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace in signing a letter to members of Congress urging opposition to all efforts to pass any provision included in the Employee Free Choice Act.

“We believe this bill severely undermines long standing principles of balance and fairness in federal labor law,” the letter stated. “Make no mistake; the purpose of EFCA is not labor law reform. The legislation is a dramatic assault on the rights of employees and employers that threatens to severely undermine any chance at a constructive dialogue on labor law reform.”

To view this letter, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/45186

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