May 28th 2009, 10:39 PM #1
On Unions and the Employee Free Choice Act
I was thinking about the EFCA - and how it might be made into a better. I've got two suggestions so far.
1- ditch the cards, replace it with mail-in ballots. That'll insure privacy, true freedom of choice (as opposed to peer pressure), and give people more time to think about their decisions.
2 - Make mandatory union membership as a condition of employment illegal. No one should have to join a union as a condition of employment, just as no one should get fired for belonging to a union.
Any other ideas?"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." — Steve Jobs
May 29th 2009, 12:08 AM #2
Re: On Unions and the Employee Free Choice Act
And there seems to be something about employees voting on whether to unionize. But what is the purpose of voting? Suppose the employees are considering option A or option B. Suppose the workers have true free choice--that those who prefer option A are free to partake in it, while those who prefer option B are free to partake in it. But then that makes voting on A/B irrelevant. The only point in voting is if you are going to forcibly impose the majority choice (A or B) on the minority employees. But why would we want that? Why would we want to give that the support of law?
So what happens in practice? If the majority vote to unionize, then all of the employees are automatically unionized, even those who did not want to unionize? And the union gets to negotiate everyone's employment, even for those who did (and still do) not want to unionize?
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