Hopefully you all know by now that the Employee Free Choice Act has been introduced to both Houses of Congress. If passed, this bill will dramatically alter the employment landscape by eliminating the rights of employees to a confidential vote on whether or not they want to be represented by a union and by mandating binding arbitration for first collective bargaining agreements, a move that will disproportionately and negatively impact small businesses, a crucial engine of American economic growth.
If you aren't already well aware of this legislation and its far-reaching implications, please get up to speed now and inform your representatives of your position. To help you do just that, this post is dedicated to presenting you with a round of terrific links.
To read the bill in its entirety, the EFCA Report has links to its full text.
Can't bear the idea of reading legislation? Two legal blogs provide helpful summaries: The Nuts & Bolts of EFCA at the Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Blog and EFCA 2009 Introduced in House & Senate at the Washington Labor & Employment Wire.
Workforce has a great article which summarizes not only the details of the law but also its implications for HR professionals.
More information on the lesser known arbitration provisions of EFCA is provided at HR Observations.
A terrific personal take on EFCA is provided by KnowHR.
The HR Capitalist addresses some of the spin coming out of the pro-EFCA camp. More EFCA myth-busting here courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce.
And finally, over at Fistful of Talent, the editor applies some pressure to SHRM - and to us - on the PR front, and tells us its time to stand up and take action! So, do it!
It's no secret that union membership and influence has been on the decline for some time. If eliminating the chance to vote by secret ballot and opening the doors to coercion (i.e. truly reducing or even eliminating "employee free choice") is the only way unions believe they can stem that decline, that speaks volumes to me. It tells me that this is purely about a grab for power and political influence, and not at all about positively impacting the lives of workers.