Tag: efca

Key EFCA Ally Withdraws Support for Card-Check Bill

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has withdrawn her support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), according to this editorial in the Oakland Tribune.  Because of the recession, the time is not right, according to Senator Feinstein, who stated that she still hopes a union/management compromise is possible. Senator Feinstein’s withdrawal of support may put the nail … Continue Reading

2009 Mid-Term Federal Legislative Update

We expected many changes in federal labor and employment law in 2009 – for the first time in years, Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress and have the political ability to make significant reforms.  However, not much has happened in 2009: we have only significant labor and employment bill signed into … Continue Reading

Online Game Educates on EFCA, Tattooing

We have a favorite new website here at the Stoel Rives World of Employment:  Card Checked:  The Game (sorry, failblog.org).  Card Checked is an online game where you can play a "young and talented tattoo artist living in America where the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) has become the law of the land."  As a … Continue Reading

Democrats Delete Card Check from Employee Free Choice Act

According to this article in today’s New York Times, Senate Democrats have dropped the controversial card check provisions from the proposed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).  The card-check provision would have allowed unions to organize employees and begin representing them as soon as a majority of employees signed cards saying they wanted a union. Under current … Continue Reading

Union Civil Wars and EFCA

The NY Times recently ran a story about internal union squabbles, which are hindering organized labor from achieving its political goals. The high profile dispute is between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).  The NUHW broke off from the SEIU and is now trying to take over several bargaining units formerly … Continue Reading

Al Franken and EFCA

After months of litigation, Al Franken has been declared the winner of the Senate race in Minnesota.  He will be the 60th Democrat in the Senate, which could enable the Democrats to override a filibuster in the Senate.  So the question becomes where does Senator Franken stand on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)?  Just as a reminder, … Continue Reading

Proposed Law Would Allow Employers to Pay Extra to Union Workers

The proposed Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act, introduced in Congress last week, would change federal labor law to allow employers to pay higher wages to selected union employees.  Sounds like a no brainer, right?  Guess again. The Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and in the House by Rep. Tom … Continue Reading

Stoel Rives to Host Employee Free Choice Act Seminar in Portland June 11

If passed in its proposed form, the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") will revolutionize federal labor laws by allowing unions to organize without a secret-ballot election. Other onerous provisions include shortening the time to negotiate a first contract and, if the parties do not agree, allowing an arbitrator (a judge) to decide the terms of … Continue Reading

EFCA Update: Arlen Specter and “Quickie Elections”

The latest news on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is a possible compromise in which EFCA’s card-check provision is replaced by a "quickie election" procedure – where an election must be held a very short time (a week to three weeks) after the union requests one from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Another possible … Continue Reading

Arlen Specter, Joe the Plumber Oppose EFCA

More news on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA):  last week, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, long considered a critical swing vote for both sides, came out in opposition to EFCA.  Click here to read the New York Times’ coverage.  Specter’s "no" means that the pro-EFCA senators will fall short of the 60 votes they need to … Continue Reading

Costco, Whole Foods and Starbucks Offer Olive Branch on EFCA

According to the Washington Post, executives from three progressive employers, Costco, Whole Foods and Starbucks, have offered a compromise of sorts on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).  Their proposed compromise would drop the card-check and mandatory arbitration provisions of the act, but give unions greater access to employees and guarantee union elections within a specific … Continue Reading

Let the Fireworks Begin! EFCA Introduced in Congress

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which will amend the National Labor Relations Act to make it easier for unions to organize, was introduced in Congress yesterday.  Separaste bills were introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Education and … Continue Reading

Hilda Solis Nomination for Labor Secretary in Trouble

We recently reported that President Obama nominated California Representative Hilda Solis as our next Secretary of Labor.  It now appears her nomination is in serious trouble.  The Senate delayed confirmation hearings after finding out that Solis’ husband owed some back taxes on his auto repair business.  Whoops.  Conservatives opposed to Solis’ nomination – and her support … Continue Reading

WSJ Reports EFCA Unlikely to Pass Soon

According to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is not likely to become law in the first 100 days of the Obama Administration.  Because Republicans are threatening a filibuster, congressional Democrats are likely to instead focus their early efforts on two other low-hanging fruit:  the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would … Continue Reading

The Employee Free Choice Act: Maybe Not a Done Deal?

As reported earlier in the Stoel Rives World of Employment, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will be a high priority for Congress and President-Elect Obama in 2009.  The EFCA would be the most wide-ranging revision to federal labor law in 50 years. It would, among other things, require employers to recognize a union as … Continue Reading

Obama Nominates Rep. Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary

Today’s New York Times is reporting that President-Elect Barack Obama will nominate California Representative Hilda Solis as his administration’s Secretary of Labor, the cabinet-level position that oversees the Department of Labor. John Sweeney, head of the AFL-CIO (a coalition of labor unions) praised the appointment of Solis to the position.  And not without good reason:  Solis has … Continue Reading
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