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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  • aharris 05/12/2009 4:10am
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    congresswatcher,
    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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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