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  •  2 other effects of EFCA (3+ / 0-)
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    Trapper John, Pesto, Special K
    1. card-check will make the unionization process more representative of the actual workforce at the start of an organizing drive.  By eliminating the drawn-out timetable of an NLRB election, the turnover variable will not have as much effect on the election. (ie. if you try to organize a retail or food business, chances are that by the time you get your NLRB election, there will be significant turnover.  New employees are always much less likely to vote for a union because they have experienced fewer problems at that job.)  This will be a good thing that will, imo, make the choice more democratic.
    1. Bosses will not just throw in the towel if EFCA passes. They'll find new tactics to fight the union.  Most likely they'll organize boss-friendly workers to organize their own card-check campaigns for a different union (technically illegal, but that won't stop them).  If 2 different unions get cards signed then t could force an NLRB election anyway. Labor will jsut need to stay united and stay a step ahead of the bosses.
    •  Also, it will be much easier for workers (0+ / 0-)

      to organize independent unions.

      Winning a Board election costs so much money and demands so much staff that you need to organize with an established union to have any chance.  With card-check, 60 workers at a small facility could pretty much do it on their own (maybe call a labor lawyer for some advice), sign cards for their own little organization, and present the cards to the boss or the Board.

      "Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!" -- Situationist graffito, 1968

      by Pesto on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:42:24 PM PST

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