Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

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On March 1, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800), by a 241-185 vote, largely along party lines. The measure would allow the formation of a union if a majority of workers sign cards authorizing the union. That process is permitted under current law, but only if the employer agrees to forego a formal election.

The bill's backers say it would reform a broken union-election process in which employers can intimidate, harass and fire workers who support a union. Opponents charge that eliminating the protections afforded workers by the democratic process of secret ballot elections leaves them vulnerable to intimidation and misinformation by unions.

Organized labor has sought this change for many years. Opponents have fought the change, most recently in the form of The secret Ballot Protection Act (H. …

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