From the Socialist Worker, mimicking organized labor’s recent popular line of attack, an article, “The enemies of unions and the lies they tell“:
Lie #2: EFCA would abolish workers’ right to a secret ballot in forming a union.
EFCA in no way prohibits the use of ballots in forming a union.
Comrades! Read the bill! This is language from the legislation in question, H.R. 800 in the last Congress, the Employee Free Choice Act (our emphasis):
SEC. 2. STREAMLINING UNION CERTIFICATION.
(a) In General- Section 9(c) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 159(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(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).
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