Most employers don’t appear worried that their organization could become unionized if the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) becomes law, now that the controversial card check provision has been dropped from the legislation, according to an online poll by Compensation.BLR.com and HR.BLR.com. Still, 1 in 4 say its at least somewhat possible their organization could be unionized if EFCA passes.
When asked “Would your organization become unionized if EFCA passes without the card check provision?” 60 percent responded that “There’s little or no chance of it.” Meanwhile, 22 percent said indicated that it was “somewhat likely” that their organization would be unionized, while just 4 percent believed unionization would be “highly likely” The remaining 14 percent responded that their organization was “already unionized.”
A few weeks ago, BLR reported (see Report: Card-Check Provision Dropped from Union Bill), that the Senate was likely to drop the card check provision from the union-friendly legislation. The card check provision would have eliminated the requirement of a secret ballet in union elections. The provision had prompted several key moderate Democrats to declare that they would not vote for the law. As a result, several commentators considered EFCA all but dead. Now, with card check eliminated, it is likely that the Senate will get EFCA pushed through quickly.
For more information on EFCA and tips on union avoidance, see our recent news article Union Avoidance under an Amended EFCA.