NATM Opposes Employee Free Choice Act

The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) is encouraging its membership to communicate opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for unions to organize workers.

Legislation is being proposed in Congress that makes some of the most sweeping changes to labor laws since the 1930s.

The Employee Free Choice Act, dubbed the "Card Check bill", was introduced recently in the House by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) (see HR 1409) and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) (see S 560). It would allow unions to be formed when a majority of employees have signed authorizations designating the union as their bargaining representative rather than requiring a secret ballot election. This process would give labor a significant advantage in union organizing.

The U.S. Senate may act on the legislation as early as mid-April. NATM is encouraging members to contact legislators, and has prepared a sample letter that can be sent.

To find your Senator, visit the senate.gov website.

More information on the bills can be found at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers websites.

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