The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), is a priority for organized labor following the election. The bill, described in greater detail in earlier posts on the EFCA, would unionize a workplace as soon as majority of employees signed cards saying they wanted the union to represent them. No secret ballot election would be required.
Unions see the bill as a way to stop their declining membership, which has dipped to 7.5 percent in the private sector. Employer groups have vowed to fight the bill. “This will be Armageddon,” according to Randel Johnson, vice president for labor policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce.
A recent report by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) indicates that that unions are fairing quite well under the current system. According to the report, unions won 66.8 percent of secret ballot elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the first six months of 2008. This is a marked increase from the 58.5 percent during the same period in 2007. According to Daniel V. Yager, Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel of the HR Policy Association, “This new data clearly demonstrates that the current system, if anything, is working to the unions’ advantage.”