A major issue for the unions in the coming congressional session is the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), “card check.” This legislation would require companies to recognize and bargain with unions if a majority of the companies’ employees sign a card in favor of union representation. There would no longer be secret ballots to determine if a company facility is union.

More than 500 business associations have written members of Congress stating their opposition to this legislation. The letter said, “We believe this bill severely undermines longstanding principles of balance and fairness in federal labor law. Make no mistake; the purpose of EFCA is not labor-law reform. The legislation is a dramatic assault on the rights of employees and employers that threatens to severely undermine any chance at a constructive dialogue on labor-law reform.”

Signing the letter were: the American Meat Institute, American Bakers Association, American Beverage Association, American Frozen Food Institute, National Grocers Association, National Restaurant Association, and U.S. Apple Association.