Monday, July 20, 2009

Employee Free Choice Act Compromise Announced

This morning’s New York Times is reporting (subscription required) that key US Senators have reached a compromise with labor unions that will have the 60 votes needed to pass. The key provisions include a 5 to 10 day election period, providing union organizers access to company property, and banning employee meetings held by employers.

The article reports:

“Though some details remain to be worked out, under the expected revisions, union elections would have to be held within five or 10 days after 30 percent of workers signed cards favoring having a union. Currently, the campaigns often run two months."

"To further address labor’s concerns that the election process is tilted in favor of employers, key senators are considering several measures. One would require employers to give union organizers access to company property. Another would bar employers from requiring workers to attend anti-union sessions that labor supporters deride as “captive audience meetings.”

They anticipate a vote in September.

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