Management Mag Shows How Employers Fear Employee Free Choice Act
With the 2008 elections looming, employers are desperately trying to stop what could be a political tsunami that will finally restore the freedom of workers to join a union. If voters choose a Democratic president and keep a Democratic majority in Congress, observers expect the Employee Free Choice Act to become law. And employers are in a panic.
In the January edition of HR Magazine, which caters to management types, Stephen Cabot, chairman of the anti-union Cabot Institute for Labor Relations, admits in an article that some employers cross the line when they resist unions. Cabot is quoted saying:
Currently, many employers engage in initiatives to counter union campaigns they wouldn’t dare do under [the Employee Free Choice Act]. Now, there’s a minor fine; under EFCA, every unfair labor practice will be potentially a $20,000 fine. Now, even if management is not overtly instigating it, the feeling is ‘if one of my supervisors is talking to people, it’s not so bad.’ With EFCA, it will be very costly.