The New York Times this morning is reporting that a group of moderate Democratic Senators have been discussing a bill that would eliminate the "card check" provision from the Employee Free Choice Act legislation but would keep other aspects such as a speedy election.
According to the article:
Though some details remain to be worked out, under the expected revisions, union elections would have to be held within five or 10 days after 30 percent of workers signed cards favoring having a union. Currently, the campaigns often run two months.
To further address labor’s concerns that the election process is tilted in favor of employers, key senators are considering several measures. One would require employers to give union organizers access to company property. Another would bar employers from requiring workers to attend anti-union sessions that labor supporters deride as “captive audience meetings.”
Not surprisingly, the National Association of Manufacturers has derided this "compromise" because it still contains a binding arbitration provision.
Meanwhile, binding arbitration — a process that denies both employers and employees a voice — remains in the bill. Any labor bill that contains binding arbitration is unacceptable to employers, who need to actually run their companies in order to create products and pay employees.
This bill, if passed, would affect employers across the country, including those in Connecticut.
This remains a fluid situation but with the votes as close as they are in the Senate, expect to hear more about it in the weeks to come.