Friday, July 18, 2008
Matt Bodie (St. Louis) has an interesting post on Prawsblawg about a new anti-EFCA ad, featuring the actor who played Soprano's mobster Johnny Sack as--you guessed it--a union boss who intimidates workers. Matt identifies many of the problems with this line of of argument.
I've always been somewhat torn on EFCA. In an ideal world, having secret ballot elections seems the best way to vote for unionization. Of course, what this ad and other anti-EFCA arguments refuse to acknowledge is that the world is far from perfect, as the level of employer intimidation that goes on almost certainly exceeds union intimidation by a country mile. EFCA, then, is an imperfect answer to a bad situation. I've always thought that it would be possible to implement a system that ensures a far more intimidation-free election (e.g., Canada's expedited elections), but the political environment makes such an outcome unlikely.
Hat Tip: Anne Marie Lofaso