Labor Law Guy

The Road to ‘Armageddon’ Starts Today

Posted in Federal Labor Law by laborlawguy on March 10, 2009

Sources at Personnel Concepts indicate that the much-feared-by-business Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will be introduced in the House of Representatives today.

Well, nothing new here. EFCA made it through the House’s 435 members once before and passed with flying colors, but its fate in the Senate may be another matter altogether. Just today, the Wall Street Journal reported that “Labor Bill Faces Threat in Senate” because of some suddenly wavering Democratic support.

Whether this wavering is just posturing or temporary remains to be seen, but EFCA does require 60 votes in the Senate to pass. Without 60 votes, a bill can be filibustered into extinction, which is exactly what the Republicans would gladly do to this piece of legislation.

EFCA, also called “card check” because it does away with the requirement for secret-ballot unionization votes and makes certification by majority signatures possible, has come under a withering attack from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which called it “Armageddon”) and other business groups. Even Obama supporter and billionaire investor Warren Buffett came out against EFCA in a CNBC interview yesterday.

Time will tell what happens to EFCA, but I’m sure the folks at Personnel Concepts will keep us up to date with its news alerts.


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  1. Andrew Dawson said, on March 10, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Effectively it sounds like if this act passes then we are moving one step closer to anarchy. By letting people randomly make unions with out a proper and fair system anyone can do anything. Muntiny and chaos, that’s what this sounds like. I’d be curious to know what would happen if this would pass. What would the reactions be. What new a-holes are going to step up and capitalize on this?

  2. laborlawguy said, on March 10, 2009 at 7:46 am

    EFCA will fulfill Ross Perot’s prediction of “a great sucking sound” as millions of jobs move to other countries, or just disappear.

  3. Gary said, on March 10, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Did anybody hear anything about what happened today?

  4. Jeff Baust said, on March 11, 2009 at 9:43 am

    How does EFCA effect business owners? I’m not a large business owner but could four employee’s make a union and how would that affect me. What does Personnel Concepts have to help me with my business by means of protection?

  5. Charmaine Rausch said, on March 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Ross Perot…I wonder what the country would of been like if he had won the presidency in the 90’s.

    I really don’t think jobs are going to other countries. I think we are moving forward towards a new type of nation. It sounds like the blue collar jobs are being sent over seas. It also sounds like new jobs are being identified as being blue collar like and also being sent over seas. Competition is fierce when living in the US and business is even more fierce and most americans use to unions will fight for this to keep american jobs here but he reality is I think unions are going to be needed to be re defined.

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