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Old 01-06-2009, 09:01 AM
MickeyLong MickeyLong is offline
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Default Re: The Future of Labor

The answer to Sec Reich's question to Mr. Stern about what to do to stimulate the economy should have included the important role of EFCA in any stimulus package, and that no public money for training should be provided to companies or states b/c unions (with their employers) provide that in the private sector via apprenticeships and collective bargaining. Why use union members tax money to train folks for their non-union competition?
To answer Sec Reich's question regarding a response to the "perceived" loss of a secret ballot is that unions must finance an expose on the business community for lying about the secret ballot facts. Fact is, EFCA leaves untouched the secret ballot and only 30 percent of employees may still demand and get a NLRB secret ballot election under EFCA, as they may under current law. Under current law, employers and employees may choose to forgo that process, EFCA continues that but currently the employer can force an election. This is what EFCA changes, i.e., it removes the employer's right to force a secret ballot by obstanately refusing to recognize a majority of the employees' choice of a bargaining representative (a union). EFCA tells the employer to recognize that majority choice, but if, and only if 30% of the employees did not also request a secret ballot. It's the employees' choice, not the employer's and EFCA only confirms and reinforces that employee-based focus.
Regardless, without Mr. Stern and the SEIU's laudible efforts EFCA will never pass. Power to the people [USA, not USA, Inc.].
Mickey Long, Attorney
Boston, MA
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