Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Fired up, and ready to die

Before a cheer-beleaguered audience on Tuesday, Senator Arlen Specter announced that a revised Employee Free Choice Act will pass this year.   He has long been the supporter, hater, leader lynch pin of the Employee Free Choice Act.fists

Here’s the basic run down:

  • Card check is off the table, but there will be shorter periods of time for employers to consolidate their resources and gather their forces against unionization.
  • If employers hold mandatory anti-union meetings on company time, then union organizers get equal time.  Employers who don’t comply will face penalties at three times today’s penalties.
  • Instead of contracts both written and imposed by government mediators, mediation will take the form of baseball arbitration.  A mediator will pick between two contracts, which encourages moderate deals to be offered by both parties, in the interest of self preservation.

Read more in the Washington Post.

Image courtesy of Mika Hiironniemi.

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