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Should Congress Pass the Employee Free Choice Act? Some Neighborly Advice


John Godard


University of Manitoba - Department of Business Administration

Joseph B. Rose


McMaster University - DeGroote School of Business

Sara Slinn


Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

March 29, 2010

Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society, Vol. 15, p. 116, 2009

Abstract:     
American labour law is broken. As many as 60 percent of American workers would like to have a union, yet only 12 percent actually do. This is largely due to systematic employer interference, often in violation of existing laws. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), currently before Congress, contains provisions to rectify this problem. Canada's experience with similar provisions can be helpful in evaluating the arguments surrounding this act. It suggests that the reforms proposed in EFCA can be expected to safeguard rather than deny employees' free choices. They will not alter the balance of power in collective bargaining, but only help to ensure that workers can exercise their basic right to meaningful representation at work and, potentially, to win gains that could help to reduce inequality and return America to prosperity.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: EFCA, Employee Free Choice Act, NLRB, National Labor Relations Board, collective bargaining, Wagner Act, Canada, labor law

JEL Classification: K31, K21, N30, J50, J51, J52, J58

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Date posted: April 1, 2010  

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Godard, John and Rose, Joseph B. and Slinn, Sara, Should Congress Pass the Employee Free Choice Act? Some Neighborly Advice (March 29, 2010). Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society, Vol. 15, p. 116, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1580265

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John Godard
University of Manitoba - Department of Business Administration ( email )
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V4
Canada
204-474-8433 (Phone)
204-275-0181 (Fax)
Joseph B. Rose
McMaster University - DeGroote School of Business ( email )
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, L8S 4M4 Ontario
Canada
Sara Slinn (Contact Author)
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
416-736-5052 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/faculty/Slinn_Sara.html
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