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Oppose Employee Free Choice Act


Preserve Democracy: Oppose Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800/S.1041) 
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The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives private-sector workers the right to join or form a union and to bargain collectively over wages, hours, and working conditions. In order for a union to be acknowledged to represent workers, it must first demonstrate that it has the support of a majority of workers in the bargaining unit. Historically, the decision about union representation is made through a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Since fewer workers have opted for union representation through the traditional secret-ballot election, organized labor has begun employing “card check organizing.” This tactic bypasses an official secret ballot election and instead allows for recognition of the union as the bargaining representative once it presents authorization cards signed by a majority of workers that the union is seeking to organize. Since it may appear evident that a union enjoys a majority of employee support, current law allows employers to waive the secret ballot election requirement and recognize a union that produces signed cards from over 50% of the workers.

Unlike secret ballot elections, which ensure that employees can cast their votes confidentially and without enduring peer pressure or coercion from unions or employers, card check elections have been legally challenged on the basis of coercion, misrepresentation, forgery, fraud, peer pressure and promised benefits.

Despite the problems inherent with card check elections, some Members of Congress are championing legislation which would, in effect, codify card check organizing and effectively stop secret ballot elections. The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800/S. 1041) would require the NLRB to certify a union – and prohibit a secret ballot election – if presented with signed authorization cards from a majority of employees that the union is seeking to organize.

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If you go to the link below — Northeast Retail Lumber Association Capital Connection website -you can email or print letters to your elected officials. I encourage everyone to contact your elected officials about this important issue.

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