Employer victory: Employee Free Choice Act loses card-check provision

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Democrats on Capitol Hill have reached a compromise on the Employee Free Choice Act that would do away with the contentious card-check provision in favor of shorter unionizing campaigns and faster elections, according to published reports.

 

The so-called "card-check bill" lost its eponymous feature due to pressure from employers and business groups, who oppose any pro-union legislation, and conservative Democrats who argue that allowing a majority of workers to decide on unionization is "undemocratic," reports the New York Times. The bill was declared the top priority of union leaders this year and has drawn massive amounts of spending and lobbying by both sides.

 

As part of a new compromise bill, once 30% of workers call for unionization, elections would have to be held within five to 10 days, reducing the amount of time management would have to potentially dissuade employees. Additionally, measures are being considered that would prevent companies from requiring employees to attend anti-union meetings. The EFCA also still contains an arbitration provision, which would hold employers and unions to binding arbitration if a contract is not reached within 120 days, a provision employers and business groups strongly oppose. Union officials therefore say they would still consider passage of the EFCA to be a legislative victory, according to the Times report. The measure is not expected to be acted upon until after Congress' August recess.