H.R.1409 - Employee Free Choice Act of 2009

To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Official: To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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yancura44 03/26/2009 7:11am

in a constitutional republic such as ours, the nright to a secret ballot is inherent in the laws of our land. EFCA certainly takes away that right. give the bill a close read and you will realize that is true. This bill if passed will lead to cohersion to those voting which is why I am against this bill. I am not against unions but I am against the way they would function if this bill became law.

ronbar87 03/25/2009 8:53pm

This is not an employee free choice act. It is a way for unions to take total control. It not only is taking away the choice to vote by secrete ballot, but also taking away the right of the people to not be a member if the union is voted in. My state has a right to work law that give us the right to work in a unionized company with out being a member of the union. Personally, I don’t think anyone should be forced to be a member of anything they have to pay money to be a part of. And then to have the union tell them how to vote or who to vote for, to spend their due on a candidate that may not be the candidate of my choice. This is supposed to be a free country, forced unionization would take away many freedoms we now have. Supporting certain political candidates can prove to be detrimental to our rights and freedoms. Such as the way the union supported Barack Obama for president, and now everyone is concerned about our rights to own guns.

PhillyBuster 03/24/2009 1:54pm

MichaelBN; I am middle class and I hate this thing. We do not need Detroit/Cleveland all over the USA.

justanothervoice 03/24/2009 6:09am

While many believe a union protects workers, and in some cases that is true, a union organizaer is paid for each person they sign up. They have the same goal as a used car salesperson and that is make their commission.

So there is a choice to be made by workers, a greedy union who only wants your dues, or a greedy corporation whose main goal is profit. For me, I have to go with the one who writes the paychecks.

It is interesting to note, an employer may be punished for lying to employees about a union, there is no punishment for union organizers lying or spreading rumors about the corporation.

If a group wants to organize, why is a secret ballot a bad thing. Originally, that was done to protect the worker, why the change of heart? Probably because workers want to speak for themselves instead of paying someone every week to speak for all of them.

ramanajan 03/23/2009 8:06pm

It is not democracy in the workplace to be forced to join a union in order to work somewhere and then have your dues support political activities that you do not agree with. It is not democracy to have another powerful control over your life that, in many cases, is simply another burden on you the worker because the union is not looking out for the very people it professes to protect, but is more interested in self preservation.

MichaelBN 03/20/2009 4:03pm
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There’s nothing in that clause that bans the use of a secret ballot.

If the employees decide that there should be a secret ballot before bringing the card checks into the place, who’s to stop them?

My suspicion is that most of the people who oppose this bill really don’t much care about democracy among employees in the work place. It makes a fine populist sounding argument, though, and, as with all of the Newspeak being done these days by The Corporacracy and its supporters, it’s not surprising that middle class people, what’s left of us, once again working against their own best interest, as mentioned.

It must be how The State was able to get Syme so excited about working on that Newspeak dictionary.

JonathanArmesto 03/18/2009 3:44pm

“Calling this the Employee Free Choice act is the double speak usually reserved for the naming of referendums in Washington State…”

The People would like to present exhibit ‘A’: The U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. ACT.

callagan 03/18/2009 5:20am

George Orwell your predictions have come true….Calling this the Employee Free Choice act is the double speak usually reserved for the naming of referendums in Washington State….where the name is the reverse of the intent, and meant to confuse the voters. 1984 is here.

waitin4payday 03/17/2009 7:43pm
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MichaelBN wrote:
“Finally, nowhere in The Employee Free Choice Act is it dictated that workers may not choose to vote via a secret ballot.”

Umm…yes it is. Right here…

“If the Board finds that a majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for bargaining has signed valid authorizations designating the individual or labor organization specified in the petition as their bargaining representative and that no other individual or labor organization is currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit, the Board shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or labor organization as the representative described in subsection (a).”

Could you imagine if we elected our country’s presidents in this manner?

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ibdarrel 03/16/2009 3:21pm

to call this employee free choice act is a gross misnomer. it’s more union open field act and puts the choice in the hands of those that apply the most pressure to employees

MatadorBID 03/16/2009 1:58pm
in reply to sinout044 Mar 15, 2009 4:16pm

More like power to the unions. It was unions that lobbied against card check when they truly stood for the best interests of employees, but now it is the unions who lobby for it so they may utilize the same bully tactics they once feared from the employer.

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