Obama recognizes the need for compromise

President Obama said in a town hall meeting in Rio Rancho, NM that he is supportive of EFCA, but acknowledges that the Senate does not have the votes to pass it.  Obama noted that Congress will need to find a way to gain the support for passage, while at the same time perserving EFCA's core (i.e.; elimination of the secret ballot requirement under the National Labor Relations Act). This is going to be difficult to accomplish once hearings on the proposed bills get under way in Congress.

I say this because the hearings will undoubtedly include testimony from employees about the  immense pressure now placed on them by unions and union supporters to sign authorization cards and that this pressure is only likely to increase if the unions and union supporters are guaranteed to be certified once a majority of the employees sign the authorization cards.  See, now, only 30% of employees need to sign to begin the process that culminates in a secret ballot election; and a union is only certified if a majority of employees vote for union represenation. Meanwhile, the process I of takes about a month to six weeks to complete, during which time employees are free educate themselves on the pros and cons of being represented by a union.

Yes, unions and union supporters will say that this process is employer dominated and there is no way for employees to truly educate themselves when employers are holding meetings during the workday drilling into employees' heads that unionization is bad.  This arguement gives no credit to employees and their want to be educated.  The Internet and public libraries provide great access to materials for employees to become edcucated about whether or not they wish to have a third party speak for them.  Union and union supporters may counter that employees can educate themselves before signing.  While this may be true, the pressure they will face to sign and sing on the spot will be immense.

Thus, perserving the core of EFCA may not be so easy if union coercion and pressure is not adequately addressed.