"As you know, I believe that it is the right of every worker to organize and bargain collectively for fair pay, benefits, and appropriate working conditions if they so choose. Currently, when non-union employees want to organize and join a union, they can petition their employer simply by collecting signed authorization cards. However, the employer has the option to force an election governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The Employee Free Choice Act would allow workers who choose not to pursue the NLRB election process to certify a union as their collective bargaining representative by collecting signed authorization cards from a majority of the eligible workforce. In addition, the bill provides terms for mediation and arbitration during the negotiation of an initial contract and establishes stronger workplace enforcement of our labor laws.
I understand that good labor policy requires a careful balance between the financial challenges facing employers and the necessity of maintaining a strong workforce. I signed onto The Employee Free Choice Act because I believe it is a positive step in the direction of a more balanced economy, and I look forward to working with employers-both large and small-to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to stay competitive in today's global economy."