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A Call to Action for the Advancement of a Democratic Workplace

A Call to Action for the Advancement of a Democratic Workplace

Shoppers and Trends

November 23, 2008

f the United States. That's great news for America's labor unions, which spent more than $400 million and organized massive get-out-the-vote campaigns across the country to support the winning side. In a recent speech to the AFL-CIO, President-elect Obama said he'll be a "President who strengthens our unions by letting them do what they do best - organize our workers."

Now, union leaders plan to collect on their investment in early 2009 by pushing the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) through Congress. EFCA contains the most aggressive changes to federal labor law since the passage of the National Labor Relations Act more than 70 years ago.

Currently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) holds a confidential vote several weeks after at least 30 percent of a company's employees sign authorization cards. But EFCA would do away with the voting process entirely. If 50 percent or more of your workers sign those cards, boom: You're unionized. No more campaigns, no more voting. Signatures alone will be enough to get the job done. Also, EFCA would give federal arbitrators the brand-new authority to impose labor contracts in your workplace if you fail to reach agreement with union locals within 120 days of the union's formation.

Like many employers around the country who've fought and resisted every effort to unionize their workforces, you're probably understandably worried about how to prepare for EFCA. Support N.G.A.'s Campaign to Preserve Competition and Consumer Choice in our attempts to quash this legislation. The Call to Action is Now!!

The opinions expressed here are those of the National Grocer’s Association. Visit their website at for more information about their Action Alert.