Sources tell Personnel Concepts that the much-feared-by-business Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will be introduced in the House of Representatives today. Well, nothing new here.
EFCA made it through the House’s 435 members once before and passed with flying colors, but its fate in the Senate may be another matter altogether.
Just today, the Wall Street Journal reported that "Labor Bill Faces Threat in Senate" because of some suddenly wavering Democratic support. Whether this wavering is just posturing or temporary remains to be seen, but EFCA does require 60 votes in the Senate to pass. Without 60 votes, a bill can be filibustered into extinction, which is exactly what the Republicans would gladly do to this piece of legislation.
EFCA, also called "card check" because it does away with the requirement for secret-ballot unionization votes and makes certification by majority signatures possible, has come under a withering attack from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which called it "Armageddon") and other business groups.
Even Obama supporter and billionaire investor Warren Buffett came out against EFCA in a CNBC interview yesterday. Time will tell what happens to EFCA, but I’m sure the folks at Personnel Concepts will keep us up to date with its news alerts.