In March, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as
"card check" legislation, was reintroduced in the 111th Congress.
If enacted, EFCA would implement the most sweeping changes in U.S.
labor law in 75 years, and it is organized labor's highest
EFCA would effectively eliminate federally supervised
secret-ballot elections for union organizing by allowing a union to
be formed when a majority of workers sign (or "check")
authorization cards. The bill also would mandate binding
arbitration if an employer and a union cannot agree on a contract
within 120 days, which would result in government officials
imposing the contract terms on both sides.
Major gains by Democrats in the 2008 elections and Barack
Obama's presidency—both strongly backed by organized
labor—put EFCA supporters within striking distance of
garnering the votes needed in Congress to...
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