Alex Blaze

Rachel Maddow explains Employee Free Choice Act

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 13, 2009 7:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Employee Free Choice Act, rachel maddow, unions

America's favorite lesbian prime-time MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow explains the Employee Free Choice Act in terms everyone should understand.

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I would be interested to see how this may help my work group in getting union representation. I work for an airline so all of our union voting procedures fall under the Railway Labor Act. I know kind of odd since I'm with an airline not a railway, but it requires a secret ballot to vote a union in. I would be okay with just needing to sign a card and having the majority rule that way.

Rachel is being either stupid (nope) or disingenuous (yup). Did she read the bill? If the union reps show up with cards signed by 50+% of the workers, there is NO ELECTION:

"(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, whenever a petition shall have been filed by an employee or group of employees or any individual or labor organization acting in their behalf alleging that a majority of employees in a unit appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining wish to be represented by an individual or labor organization for such purposes, the Board shall investigate the petition. If the Board finds that a majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for bargaining has signed valid authorizations designating the individual or labor organization specified in the petition as their bargaining representative and that no other individual or labor organization is currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit, the Board shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or labor organization as the representative described in subsection (a)."

Um.... There is an election if after the petition 30% or more of workers want one. Even the Heritage Foundation's oppo papers acknowledge that.