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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dankennedy73 06/24/2010 7:40am
in reply to deborahg6 Mar 31, 2009 6:48am

Yes, I supose the argument for our liberties is getting old. Let’s just all of us shut up and allow the conservatives to strip all our rights from us without a word of dissent….will that make you happy?

dankennedy73 06/24/2010 7:36am

I have to agree with mlittle145, I’m for unions. When they are ran right and responsibly, they do take care of the rights of the workers. It is now wonder that big corporations wish to see their demise.

pejsar 04/13/2010 5:22pm
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Look For The Union Label: MADE IN CHINA.

I really am having a hard time understanding the need for this legislation other than as payola to the unions for their unwavering support of the party in power. The premise here is so contrary to the basic tenents of our political system, it’s almost as if someone said, “Look, we can’t seem to get this done fairly, so let’s cheat!” The era of union’s actually contributing to the good of society has past. Time to look at them as nothing more than huge political organizations that will do whatever it takes to continue to exist past thier usefulness. ASK NOT WHAT YOUR UNION CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR UNION.

applemanmatt 03/23/2010 11:24am
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This bill will make our country less competitive than ever before, and everyone knows it. The only reason why people support it is because they get elected by the poor people and the unions (who are the people driving this bill). If this bill is signed into law, our country’s economy will be destroyed.

mlittle145 02/21/2010 7:24am
in reply to ronbar87 Mar 25, 2009 8:53pm

It’s very interesting that you would state this is a free country but not support organized labor. Let me ask you this: do you get any paid sick leave at your place of employment? Or paid vacation? Do you have holidays off? Do you work 40 hours a week? Do you work 5 days a week, rather then 7? Does your employer offer health care? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you have organized labor to thank for it. It was the struggle of organized labor that brought all of these things about. Corporate executives don’t take a job for a company without a contract spelling out every level of compensation, why shouldn’t the other employees (the people who actually do the work that makes that company the money) have the benefit of having a contract spelling out what their compensation and benefits should be?

schnelson 01/27/2010 5:21am

You have to read the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the “National Labor Relations Board Guide to the NLRA” to more fully appreciate why the EFCA is important and needed to amend this dated piece of legislation. What surprised me was that only one page was dedicated to specify “unfair labor practices by employer,” while “unfair labor practices by labor organization” took almost two and a half pages. Increasing the upper limit of penalties against employers found guilty of violating provisions of the NLRA is necessary to bring balance back to the “price of doing business.” I believe many companies violate labor laws because, even if caught and convicted, the fines are low enough that they are willing to take the risk.
What strikes me as ironic is that most, if not all, labor unions are subject to both sides of the law because labor unions are both “employers” as well as “labor organizations.”

stokescritt6557 01/03/2010 1:14pm
in reply to NanaG Apr 25, 2009 11:31am

you dont have the foggest idea of what it takes to go out and work for a real living in this world do you ? try fighting the big ceo’s of this country and maybe you’d see its not so easy after all.for the man or women in this world that gives their heart and soul to these companies and the blood,sweat and tears that they pour out over their low paying jobs everyday while the fat cat ceo’s take their millions and run i pray that someday they will get whats coming to them and the men and women get theirs too.get off your a.. and try working in a true working enviroment !

stokescritt6557 01/03/2010 4:31am

if it were not for the unions of this country we would all be working like these other countries around the clock and for nothing ! unions are what made this country what it is and built on the shoulders of the working man and women of this country.the ceo’s of this country and the greed of these people have taken away everything that the unions have built ! i do not think that paying a ceo five hundred times the blue collar worker is fare and don’t like the way its been shoved down our throats over the years.hell yes i’m angry and have all the right to be and those of you that speak against this bill and its measures are probably the fat cats setting on your nest eggs made by the blood ,sweat, and tears of the working man and women.what a shame that we have stooped to the level we have in this country and have divided ourselves like this or have allowed the big dogs of this country to do this to us ! wake up america and look around and see the forest !God bless America !

stokescritt6557 01/03/2010 4:19am
in reply to flemingtonteaparty May 02, 2009 2:42am

very well put !

DDC 10/25/2009 12:36am

Sorry, but in the real world; once they get the cards signed, the unions hustle their way in one way or another. The employees are screwed.

DDC 10/25/2009 12:29am
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in reply to heatherrm Apr 02, 2009 8:33pm


What you don’t understand is the intimidation tactics the union thugs put on the unsuspecting employees. I’ve witnessed it personally. They come to the worksite; they act like friends until you don’t toe the union line; they call their homes; they go to their homes over and over telling them how “we’ve all got to stick together”. I’ve even seen them threaten the Latinos by telling them if they don’t get on board with the union they will call immigration. Even documented workers are always in fear of deportation. It’s disgusting what they do. And for what? Just to pay their salaries and put money in their coffers. They do nothing for the employee; the employer provides everything.

DDC 10/25/2009 12:25am
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in reply to Autotech64 Apr 30, 2009 5:22pm


“We are dedicated workers and get paid only for the work we perform. We deserve the right to negotiate for fair wages, better benefits, a safe work environment and reasonable job security.”

“We get paid only for the work we perform.” Sounds right to me. Work = pay

This sounds like complete BS… “…Launched a major campaign of terror against these employees.” Puh-lease.

enjoymoreradio 10/16/2009 2:20pm
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This bill doesn’t force unions on anyone. It doesn’t end the NLRB election.

Employees get to choose which method, card check or election, to use. If 30% of employees petition for an election, one is held. If not, then if a majority of employees sign the card, they can unionize. It doesn’t make anyone unionize, at least if you live in a right-to-work state.

dlbysr44 09/07/2009 1:33pm
in reply to heatherrm Apr 02, 2009 8:33pm

Your absolutely right heatherrm. Anyone that doesn’t get this should check out this link.


By the way I’m not in a union, niether is anyone in My family. My views come from a educated understanding of the issues.

VisionQuestMT 09/05/2009 12:44pm

My personal experiences with unions have all been negative. I’ve seen them take away the right to fire an employee (4x), when that employee is horrible at their job, is opening up avenues for lawsuits, and is not trying to correct or change.
As previously mentioned, we all have the right to walk away when we don’t care for a job or its benefits.
We need to get to the point where we do walk, and employers are forced to be fair through natural consequences (no staff,)or poor quality resulting in poor sales, etc.
But, forcing unions is not the answer. There are many things on the books that protect employees already.

BrianVa76 08/17/2009 12:49am
in reply to justanothervoice Apr 08, 2009 11:27am

To answer your last question, we just voted on our union officials. It was a secret ballot, and it was ran similar to our own election polls. You signed in saying you voted, took a ballot, marked your choices without having to put your name on the ballot. Yes there are many self-serving officers out there. But there are officers who commit themselves fully to our rights. Can the same be said about employers? How about politicians? I for one think it is about time to look out for we middle-class workers. If you dont want to join the union, then dont. That is your choice as well.

fortermlimits 08/15/2009 8:54am

Leave it to a demoRAT to propose such a thing. 18 terms this guy has been in power!!!! Guess you californians think this is your choice next election. SAD

VirginianPatriot1861 08/02/2009 2:43pm

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! Card check or any variation of it MUST NOT PASS! Unions are DESTROYING this country! Look at SEIU! They’re responsible for pushing socialized medicine! UNIONS NEED TO BE OUTLAWED NOT SUPPORTED!

SignOfTheDollar 07/02/2009 9:27am

Just the opposite of H.R. 1176. Interesting that there are only Democrat Co-Sponsors of this bill. It is obvious to me who Owns the Democrat party.

cpnpa 06/24/2009 4:20pm

I have been an employer for over 20 years, but now I’m force to sell my business to my competitor due to the economy and become an employee. I hope my new employer treats me as nice as I have treated my own employees over the years? When things are going well, we think have all the answers, but guess what, we don’t. 50 years ago corporations paid 40% of all taxes collected by US Government, now it’s less than 15%. The middle class are paying the difference now. At some point we can’t afford to be consumers anymore, but hopefully the corporations can find a new clientele somewhere else?

aharris 05/12/2009 4:10am
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And this is all why you are free to search for another job. No one says you have to quit one to search for another. When one employer is bad, the employees need to vote with their feet. There are plenty of good employers out their. If you can’t find one, then perhaps you need to look at your own record to see why that may be. Even with my own health issues and spotty attendance, I found two excellent employers back to back without Unions in either place, and that was fleeing a Union job which was one of the crappiest experiences it was ever my misfortune to be involved with. So you can imagine my dismay to think that a Union might try to horn in on my current action.

congresswatcher 05/02/2009 11:01am
in reply to NVGuy36 Apr 30, 2009 1:58pm


I’m glad you enjoy the ability to speak freely to your boss. Many people do not enjoy such a luxury. Many people work for employers who don’t talk to them, won’t work with them, and refuse to hear their concerns(or pretend to and never try to work out a solution). Many people work for employers who operate on the edge of the law. With high unemployment, these practices are even easier for employers to get away with.

OSHA does not address issues that they should be addressing. The Bush administration has cut back staffing of OSHA. Many people who work in factories or shops will tell you that they have not seen an OSHA staff person come around in years, if ever. So there really isn’t validity in the statement that Unions were once beneficial. They are needed now more than ever.

congresswatcher 05/02/2009 10:52am
in reply to NVGuy36 May 01, 2009 4:48pm


You see, this is why people want unions and you really don’t understand. For some employees, turning to “leadership” in their company or HR is a joke! Leadership and HR are in on the mismanagement and abuse of the employees. Report to the NLRB? Are you kidding? The NLRB has been administered by the Bush administration for the past eight years. There is no sympathy there. Hopefully there will be with the new administration.

Many of you don’t understand how dirty wealthy employers can play. They pay off whomever they need to in order to have control. Yes, these situations really exist.

congresswatcher 05/02/2009 10:44am
in reply to flemingtonteaparty May 02, 2009 2:49am


I hope your statement that no one has a right to a safe environment is opinion and not fact. You ought to do your homework. There are many laws on the books that provide for a safe work environment. But many employers choose to ignore those laws because they know they can get away with it. Your statement, even if opinion, shows your lack of experience and knowledge on this subject. What if your neighbor opens up a garbage dump, pollutes your air and water, and you plea to local authorities for help? If the authorities turn their back on you, your only recourse would be to sell your home, which by then would be worthless. But of course, in your opinion, you do not have the “right” to a safe environment. You’d have to “earn” it! You have the right to determine your destiny!

flemingtonteaparty 05/02/2009 2:49am
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in reply to Autotech64 Apr 30, 2009 5:22pm

Well, actually, none of the things you listed are “rights”. You have the right to find a better job if you don’t like the one you have now, since you have the right to determine your own destiny. But no one has a “right” to fair wages, benefits, a safe environment, and job security. These are things you have to earn for yourself.

flemingtonteaparty 05/02/2009 2:45am
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in reply to heatherrm Apr 02, 2009 8:33pm

Uh, yes. I once worked for the AP, and was a member of The Newspaper Guild. When I first started there, I was badgered each and every day by at least 2, sometimes more, various employees, telling me that I should join the union. It was never a “free choice”. It was clear to me that that was the way it was, and if I wanted to “get along” in that workplace I had better join, so I did. And all I got for it was dues taken out of my paycheck.
And you have GOT to be kidding when you say that dues are not used for campaign contributions!

flemingtonteaparty 05/02/2009 2:42am
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in reply to heatherrm Apr 02, 2009 8:33pm

Yes, right, those who oppose this are scared, angry and close-minded, because we don’t agree with you! We’re sorry, please forgive us. The fact that this is organized labor’s number one, super-high priority at the moment, should not give us pause to consider. Organized labor is completely altruistic in wanting this legislation, right? Did it ever occur to you that you may be closed-minded, by willing yourself to be blind to the motivation of the groups behind this bill?

flemingtonteaparty 05/02/2009 2:38am
in reply to Anonymous Apr 06, 2009 7:37pm

Register criminals, not guns.

flemingtonteaparty 05/02/2009 2:36am
in reply to JonathanArmesto Mar 18, 2009 3:44pm

The word “patriot” does not mean the opposite of what that bill put into law, and therefore in no way qualifies as Newspeak.
Calling this “free choice”, when it will end up being “coercion”, is clearly the opposite, and is a classic example of Newspeak.

flemingtonteaparty 05/02/2009 2:36am
in reply to JonathanArmesto Mar 18, 2009 3:44pm

The word “patriot” does not mean the opposite of what that bill put into law, and therefore in no way qualifies as Newspeak.
Calling this “free choice”, when it will end up being “coercion”, is clearly the opposite, and is a classic example of Newspeak.

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