Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

EFCA to rob workers of 2 opportunities to a private ballot

In the escalating debate regarding the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act, much-deserved attention is paid to labor bosses’ ploy to take away workers’ rights to a private ballot in unionization votes. What is often forgotten is that EFCA has the potential to rob workers of an additional private ballot vote. Under EFCA, if a contract cannot be agreed upon within 120 days the matter goes to binding arbitration. The arbitrator’s decision is binding on the company and its workers for 3 years—without the contract ratification vote usually granted to workers. Marc Freedman points out in his article on

So favorable is the binding arbitration process to the union position that union negotiators should be expected to drag out the process intentionally to get the matter into arbitration.

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