I have been trying to wrap my head around the Employee Free Choice Act. Now I get it.
There are two ways to form a union. You can vote, or a majority of the bargaining unit can sign a piece of paper.
As it stands now, though, an employer can tell you and your signed pieces of paper to screw.
The Employee Free Choice Act says they have to recognize your signed pieces of paper, too.
One of my favorite brief explanations of employer attitudes regarding unions is from, yes, Thom Hartmann: Workplaces are not democracies. Workplaces are kingdoms. Unions are democracies. And democracies tend to make kingdoms nervous…