Senator Arlen Specter announced his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act as currently proposed. His vote was critical to the Democrats efforts to invoke cloture under Senate rules and bring the bill to a vote that would almost certainly have gained a simple majority to pass. The Senator’s comments on the Senate Floor acknowledge the importance
Basic Provisions: EFCA amends the NLRA to change the procedures for union certification and first contract negotiation. The primary components of the act are as follows:
- Allows NLRB certification of a relevant bargaining unit upon authorization card showing from 50% plus one of employees bypassing the NLRB-supervised secret ballot election.
- Mandates initial collective bargaining contract be