The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041), or EFCA, also known as the “Card Check” Bill, is expected to be a top legislative issue during the 111th Congress. The proposal would replace the current process for an individual deciding on whether or not to join a union from using a private ballot to simply signing a card. Once a majority of workers sign cards, a union would be authorized to organize. In addition, in a departure from traditional private sector contract law, EFCA would authorize a government arbitrator to impose a two-year contract on employers and employees even if neither party consents to the contract terms.
NAREIT supports the efforts of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), a coalition of workers, employers, association and organizations, who are working to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot during union organization campaigns, and preserve the sanctity of agreements reached during good faith negotiations under the current collective bargaining laws without the imposition of mandatory binding arbitration.
For more information on the Coalition’s efforts, visit the CDW website.
Recent News Items:
- Wall Street Journal article describing the race to succeed former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Andy Stern - 4/22/10
- The Hill article quoting Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) indicating card check legislation will likely not be considered in 2010 - 4/14/10
- Politico and Roll Call ad placed by CDW in response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech calling on Congress to create more jobs - 2/3/10
- Wall Street Journal article highligting the use of the card check method of unionizing at the local level - 10/12/09
- New York Times article indicating AFL-CIO president John Sweeney may agree to accept “quickie” union elections in place of the card check provision - 9/4/09
- Wall Street Journal article indicating that AFL-CIO treasurer recently stated his willingness to compromise on card check legislation - 9/2/09