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Senate Democrats pull back on Specter’s card-check prediction

The Hill
September 17, 2009

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Specter, Unions Disagree on Path for Overhaul of Labor Laws

The Wall Street Journal
September 16, 2009

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EFCA Fact Check

EFCA Proponents Contend: EFCA “would give workers a fair and direct path to form unions through majority signup, help employees secure a contract with their employer in a reasonable period of time, and toughen penalties against employers who violate workers’ rights.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “From 2000 to 2007, the income of the median working-age household fell by $2,000 —an unprecedented decline.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “The link between greater productivity and higher wages has broken down. This is where unions come in.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “The Employee Free Choice Act … holds the promise of boosting unionization rates and improving millions of Americans’ economic standing and workplace conditions.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “Under the NLRB election process, delays of months and even years are common.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “Since about 1980, employers — with substantial legal support and cover — have engaged in a systematic attack on unions, especially on union efforts to organize new workers.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “The Employee Free Choice Act would make that choice — whether to use the NLRB election process or majority sign up — a majority choice of the employees, not the employer.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “In order to form a union, U.S. workers endure an undemocratic election process that allows too many employers to run aggressive and intimidating anti-union campaigns prior to the vote.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “Card checks have always been legal under the NLRA and were once the preferred method of gauging employee choice.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: It is an inaccurate claim that EFCA would strip workers of the right to a secret-ballot union organizing election.
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “First contract arbitration is the only meaningful solution to the tragedy of tens of thousands of workers who obtained union recognition, only to have their free choice of collective bargaining savaged by employer resistance.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “Current remedies against employer coercion are ineffective.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “Sixty-eight percent of middle class Americans would like their Members of Congress to vote for the Employee Free Choice Act and more than half of U.S. workers — 60 million — say they would join a union right now if they could.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “First contract mediation and arbitration has been successful in Canada.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “The legislation doesn’t apply to small businesses.”
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EFCA Proponents Contend: “Under the NLRB election process, management has almost unlimited and mandatory access to employees, while union supporters have almost none.”
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