Today’s Atlanta Business Chronicle contains a piece on EFCA suggesting "Revision may speed passage of union bill" (subscription). McKenna Long & Aldridge partner and EFCA Report blogger Richard Hankins is quoted throughout, including the following passages:
The first major development on the proposal in months occurred when moderate Democrats in the Senate this month decided to drop the bill’s so-called “card-check” provision allowing unions to organize at a work site as soon as a majority of workers signed a card saying they wanted a union. The card check essentially would have replaced secret-ballot union elections.
For months, business groups assailed the provision as an affront to the liberties of American workers, and it became a lightning rod for criticism not only among congressional Republicans but moderate Democrats.
Even though Democrats now hold a 60-40 advantage in the Senate, the card-check threatened the bill’s chances of passage, said Richard Hankins, a partner in the Atlanta office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP who specializes in labor relations.
“This compromise is to get past a filibuster,” he said.
And, echoing an earlier blog post here:
“What if we had to vote on our political leaders with five days’ notice?” Hankins said. “Many employees are simply not going to know … anything about the union or its effect on their jobs.”
Finally, regarding the ultimate fate of the bill:
Hankins said getting rid of card check makes it more likely that the Employee Free Choice Act will clear the Senate.
But he said the more liberal House of Representatives probably still will pass the original version of the bill, with the card-check provision intact, leaving the measure’s final fate up to a joint House-Senate conference committee.
“The concern is that card check would come back at that point and work its way into law,” he said.