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H.R.1409 Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Apr 29, 2009 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on Education and the Workforce - Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

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  • 75% of users oppose H.R.1409

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    • This bill (aka "card check") would change the rules governing the formation of unions, the way first contracts between unions and employers are negotiated, and how employees' rights are enforced. Under the bill, workers would be able to decide whether to hold a secret ballot vote on union formation after a majority of employees have signed union authorization cards, or to have the union certified based on the cards alone. Under the current rules, employers have the power to make that decision. The bill also designates a time line for first contracts to be drawn up between unions and employees and stipulates that if no deal is reached within 120 days, an arbitration panel will render a decision that will be binding for two years. Finally, it would increase the fines employers must pay if found guilty of violating their employees' right to unionize. This bill is organized labor's number one legislative priority, and it is vigorously opposed by the business lobby. Democratic leader are expected to bring it to a vote in the Senate sometime this summer. The big question regarding its passage is whether or not the Democrats can find 60 votes in favor of breaking an inevitable Republican filibuster. The Senate version is S. 560.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This bill (aka "card check") would change the rules governing the formation of unions, the way first contracts between unions and employers are negotiated, and how employees' rights are enforced. Under the bill, workers would be able to decide whether to hold a secret ballot vote on union formation after a majority of employees have signed union authorization cards, or to have the union certified based on the cards alone. Under the current rules, employers have the power to make that decision. The bill also designates a time line for first contracts to be drawn up between unions and employees and stipulates that if no deal is reached within 120 days, an arbitration panel will render a decision that will be binding for two years. Finally, it would increase the fines employers must pay if found guilty of violating their employees' right to unionize. This bill is organized labor's number one legislative priority, and it is vigorously opposed by the business lobby. Democratic leader are expected to bring it to a vote in the Senate sometime this summer. The big question regarding its passage is whether or not the Democrats can find 60 votes in favor of breaking an inevitable Republican filibuster. The Senate version is S. 560.

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    • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

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    • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

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    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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    • American Health Care Association

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On April 02, 2009, by heatherrm - The ignorance in these responses is amazing. What happened in your past that made you so scared and angry and close minded. I will give you credit for for one thing those that oppose this have an outstanding ability to quote portions of the act in a way that causes fear and doubt. The act is only 7 pages long. Anyone should be able to read that. I have contacted Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition of this and they have all clarified that this DOES NOT TAKE AWAY THE SECRET BALLOT! If 30% of the employees profess interest in forming a union they can file a petition to the NLRB requesting a secret ballot. The only thing that has changed about the secret ballot is who requests it. If a simple majority of employees wish to profess interest to the NLRB (50%+1) the employees union would be recognized. I would think you would support this as it would save tax payers dollars and the NLRB's time as the support is already there.

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      As noted by heatherrm, a user on OpenCongress.org, on April 02, 2009, "The ignorance in these responses is amazing. What happened in your past that made you so scared and angry and close minded. I will give you credit for for one thing those that oppose this have an outstanding ability to quote portions of the act in a way that causes fear and doubt. The act is only 7 pages long. Anyone should be able to read that. I have contacted Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition of this and they have all clarified that this DOES NOT TAKE AWAY THE SECRET BALLOT! If 30% of the employees profess interest in forming a union they can file a petition to the NLRB requesting a secret ballot. The only thing that has changed about the secret ballot is who requests it. If a simple majority of employees wish to profess interest to the NLRB (50%+1) the employees union would be recognized. I would think you would support this as it would save tax payers dollars and the NLRB's time as the support is already there. "
    • On March 25, 2009, by ronbar87 - 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.

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      As noted by ronbar87, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 25, 2009, "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. "
    • On March 16, 2009, by ibdarrel - 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

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      As noted by ibdarrel, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 16, 2009, "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"

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • 'Card check' or paychecks: You decide - April 13, 2011 by Amanda - That's why labor unions want to get the dishonestly named “[http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1409/show Employee Free Choice Act]” passed. <imagemap> Image:BluegrassBeacon.png|right|400px poly 2 3 0 215 430 214 427 0 [[Bluegrass ...

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      As noted by Amanda on April 13, 2011, "That&#39;s why labor unions want to get the dishonestly named “[http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1409/show Employee Free Choice Act]” passed. &lt;imagemap&gt; Image:BluegrassBeacon.png|right|400px poly 2 3 0 215 430 214 427 0 [[Bluegrass ..." (http://www.freedomkentucky.org/index.php?title='Card_check'_or_paychecks:_You_decide&diff=35396&oldid=prev)
    • H.R.1409: Quality Health Care Coalition Act of ... - OpenCongress - April 06, 2011 by opencongress.org - H.R. 1409 (111th): Employee Free Choice Act of 2009. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr1409. 46 Daily Kos. All Mitt's Flips. 27 March 2012. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/27/1077928/-All-Mitt-s-flips- .

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      As noted by opencongress.org on April 06, 2011, "H.R. 1409 (111th): Employee Free Choice Act of 2009. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr1409. 46 Daily Kos. All Mitt&#39;s Flips. 27 March 2012. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/27/1077928/-All-Mitt-s-flips- ." (/url?q=http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1409/show&sa=U&ei=0-eYT6ejKq322AWgv9j6Bg&ved=0CCsQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNEKjZhMTi_A94FfISiaXqW7XvD7CA)
    • H.R.1409: Quality Health Care Coalition Act of ... - OpenCongress - April 06, 2011 by opencongress.org - H.R. 1409 (111th): Employee Free Choice Act of 2009. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr1409. 46 Daily Kos. All Mitt's Flips. 27 March 2012. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/27/1077928/-All-Mitt-s-flips- .

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      As noted by opencongress.org on April 06, 2011, "H.R. 1409 (111th): Employee Free Choice Act of 2009. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr1409. 46 Daily Kos. All Mitt&#39;s Flips. 27 March 2012. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/27/1077928/-All-Mitt-s-flips- ." (/url?q=http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1409/show&sa=U&ei=47uNT9K_DaPO2wXH2rGIDA&ved=0CCoQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNGXXamxgc9nRoUyY6U3ScJAKSDovA)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Albany City legislators expected to support 'card-check' legislation - May 17, 2009 by Albany Business Journal - ...vote in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act resolution means that a council member “calls upon federal legislators to work toward its immediate enactment,” according to the resolution. The Employee Free Choice Act in Congress is bill H.R.1409 and

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      As noted by Albany Business Journal on May 17, 2009, "...vote in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act resolution means that a council member “calls upon federal legislators to work toward its immediate enactment,” according to the resolution. The Employee Free Choice Act in Congress is bill H.R.1409 and " (http://feeds.bizjournals.com/~r/bizj_albany/~3/T6RVHvDFJYs/daily1.html)
    • Enactment Of The Employee Free Choice Act Will Reshape The - May 03, 2009 by The Metropolitan Coporate Counsel - In last month's edition of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel , we discussed the proposed provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") (HR 1409, ...

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      As noted by The Metropolitan Coporate Counsel on May 03, 2009, "In last month's edition of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel , we discussed the proposed provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") (HR 1409, ..." (http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/current.php?artType=view&artMonth=May&artYear=2009&EntryNo=9664)
    • EFCA- The Final Word? - April 30, 2009 by Hotel Interactive, Inc. - Section 2(a) of HR 1409 specifically states and I quote it in full once again, unlike Mr. Turkel's selective editing of the law: This section makes it ...

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      As noted by Hotel Interactive, Inc. on April 30, 2009, "Section 2(a) of HR 1409 specifically states and I quote it in full once again, unlike Mr. Turkel's selective editing of the law: This section makes it ..." (http://www.hotelinteractive.com/article.aspx?articleid=13516)
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