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Labor law reform without EFCA?

Even if you believe that unions and their advocates have some legitimate beefs about the way representation elections are currently run, there are ways in which the National Labor Relations Board could address those discontents without the radical medicine of EFCA. NYU's Samuel Estreicher, in the abstract of a new paper entitled "Improving the Administration of the National Labor Relations Act Without Statutory Change":

A great deal of discussion and controversy surrounds whether Congress will enact the proposed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a measure that would establish union bargaining authority without elections and allow arbitrators to impose first-time collective bargaining agreements where the parties are unable to. Comparatively little attention is being paid to what can be done under existing law. Whether or not EFCA becomes law, attention needs to be drawn also to how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency responsible for enforcing our labor law, can better organize its resources to minimize the serious problem of administrative delay in holding elections and seeking court injunctions, use forms of rulemaking and advisory opinions to give parties better notice, and opportunity to participate in the formulation, of legal change, and recast existing approaches to give unions better access to the employee electorate once it is clear an election will be held and improve available remedies under existing law to deter employer violations. This paper develops an agenda for regulatory change at the NLRB.

(via Hirsch, Workplace Prof)

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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