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Wal-Mart and big business want to protect you.

Myths
Unionfacts.org…….beyond myth all the way to fantasy requiring medication.
The right wants to “protect” the non-union worker.
The E.F.C.A. takes away the right to a secret ballot.
The EFCA would require “public” Union card signings



The EFCA does not do away with secret ballot elections. It leaves secret ballot elections as an option for employees, but strengthens the penalties for violating the current law, and requires employers to accept the results of a valid majority card check election. If employers suspect illegal coercion of employees, they can challenge a card check election.

Check this link to debunk the “no secret election” bull. http://democrats.senate.gov/journal/entry.cfm?id=277768&

Quote….EFCA..gives workers the additional option of selecting a union representative by majority sign-up.
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), there are three ways for workers to form a union: Unquote

1) By secret-ballot: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will conduct a secret-ballot election to select a bargaining representative if at least 30 percent of workers have signed a petition or authorization cards in favor of a union. If a majority of workers voting select a particular union, the NLRB will certify that union as the employees’ bargaining representative. EFCA does not change this process.

2) By voluntary card-check recognition: An employer can voluntarily decide to recognize a union representative if a majority of employees have signed authorization cards in favor of the union. EFCA does not change this process.

3) By NLRB-ordered recognition: As a last resort, the NLRB can order an employer who has engaged in unfair labor practices that make a fair election unlikely to recognize a labor union if a majority of employees have signed authorization cards in favor of the union. EFCA does not change this process.

Even after a successful Union campaign if 30 percent of workers to sign decertification cards, there is an election.

Another claim is that card check is an new scheme. The Supreme Court upheld card check in 1969 saying “Almost from the inception of the Act, then, it was recognized that a union did not have to be certified as the winner of a Board election to invoke a bargaining obligation; it could establish majority status by other means … by showing convincing support, for instance, by a union-called strike or strike vote, or, as here, by possession of cards signed by a majority of the employees authorizing the union to represent them for collective bargaining purposes.’

While claiming to support employee rights the plan is to deny employees the choice and to force a NLRB secret ballot election, challenge the results and then force employees to wait up to several years in order to allow firing and intimidation. During the wait employees can not negotiate for better wages or working conditions. The trouble making Union supporters can be identified and fired. Employees can’t be forced to join a Union, or accept a strike. The vote is still the law of the land. Employee choice is not only preserved, but enhanced.. There has been no outcry from the right because it only takes thirty percent of employees to sign a decertification petition to force another election. If the majority wants a Union it is BAD. If the minority wants to break up a Union, it is GOOD.

Public signings?

The EFCA would preserve current confidentiality requirements, which require the NLRB to keep authorization cards and the identity of signers confidential to protect workers from employer retaliation.The issue with the right is that teh penalties for breaking the law will now fall on them. They will be subject to penalties strong enough to pay a worker back for illegal harassment or firing..

The right does not want card check because the current system works for them. Most secret ballots do not produce an immediate Union Victory. The employer challenges, and starts endless rounds of threats to close the business, starts mandatory anti-union meetings, there are illegal firing of union supporters with no fear of government intervention . This list of myths only scratches the top of the pile. Legislation intended to return choice and power to the majority is being painted as an attack on the working class.
Don’t forget, these are the same owners and politicians that think that a CEO earning eight hundred times the wages of worker should only pay half the tax rate of the employee.

I don’t want the Republicans to protect me. I don’t feel safe.

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