The first full week of the New Year brought about a ton of discussion pertaining to the Employee Free Choice Act. So this week’s list of what I’m reading about EFCA is long but interesting.
- Obama’s promise of a nation coming together will never materialize. The pro-union and pro-business factions are already beginning to advertise their positions and this article provides a decent summary of those advertisements and positions.
- The AFL-CIO supposedly conducted an unbiased survey of Americans and published that 78% of those polled are in favor of EFCA, including moderate and liberal Republicans.
- SEUI launched an $85 million campaign in favor of EFCA. Here are some links to their message.
- The SocialistWorker.org pitches to the 18-30 year olds that younger workers need union representation and that EFCA will give them their needed voice.
- The University of California, Santa Barbara is hosting a conference that examines the conflicts between conservatives and organized labor on January 16-17. Unfortunately, I’ll be in Ohio and not able to attend, but for any of your on the west coast, this should be informative.
- “Governors are looking toward organizing more workers” is paraphrased from a great article highlighting that when given a choice workers are not organizing themselves, thus legislation like EFCA is needed to ensure that workers become unionized.
- The Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness Act were just Speaker Pelosi’s groundwork gearing the House up for EFCA which will come sooner rather than later.
- This op-ed article from Forbes illustrates the financial devastation that EFCA will bring to our country and makes poignant points about why labor unions should be disarmed if the US wants to compete with China in manufacturing.
- According to its LM-2, the SEUI (who just launched an $85 million campaign) spent slightly more than $73,000 on individual members last year. Thanks http://lookaroundhr.com/ for the tip!
- Will the Democrats give up card check for mandatory arbitration? Does it matter? Former NLRB Member, Peter Kirsanow, weighs in on the EFCA trade offs being made to ensure its passage.
- Here, Kirsanow discusses the possibility of “quickie” elections as yet another trade off for EFCA.
- Chris Wallace angered proponents of EFCA when he called it “union card check” in an interview with House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer Click here to watch the segment.
- The Canton Repository refers to EFCA as a bill that supposedly is to help workers is a wolf in sheeps clothing.
- The Heritage Foundation claims that the increased unemployment rate is because of job creation stagnation and that EFCA will not help create jobs, and thus will not lower the unemployment rate.
- EFCA would create more job outsourcing instead of strengthen job security.
- One of the more thorough exploration of the issues surrounding EFCA is in an article called “Can Labor Revive the American Dream?“
Overall, EFCA is making a louder noise now than it did during the Presidental election or even when it appeared in Congress the first time. From now until it is voted on, the Employee Free Choice Act will only continue to occupy more press coverage and worry more employers. Make sure to educate your employees about EFCA so when it becomes law, you will be in a better position to defend your company from becoming unionized. Keep checking here for more developments as they occur.