S. 560 - Employee Free Choice Act of 2009

Labor Unions, EFCA, Secret Ballot - Labor and employment. 111th Congress (2009-2010) View bill details
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Summary:
To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been introduced. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Employee Free Choice Act of 2009

S. 560 — 111th Congress (2009–2010)

Keywords
Labor Unions, EFCA, Secret Ballot
Summary
To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during the organizing efforts, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Employee Free Choice Act of 2009
Sponsor
Edward Kennedy
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Labor and employment
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Employment discrimination and employee rights
  • Government investigations
  • Labor-management relations
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced3/10/2009
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced3/10/2009
3/10/2009Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S2966-2967)
3/10/2009Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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Contributions

  1. January - February 2005 For $170,774 Against $389,199
  2. March - April 2005 For $603,990 Against $1,349,350
  3. May - June 2005 For $561,957 Against $1,176,116
  4. July - August 2005 For $207,194 Against $620,664
  5. September - October 2005 For $453,748 Against $1,162,625
  6. November - December 2005 For $410,509 Against $1,152,604
  7. January - February 2006 For $307,356 Against $527,514
  8. March - April 2006 For $597,146 Against $1,506,750
  9. May - June 2006 For $635,624 Against $1,333,677
  10. July - August 2006 For $567,534 Against $1,163,743
  11. September - October 2006 For $1,409,372 Against $2,564,238
  12. November - December 2006 For $202,070 Against $935,709
  13. January - February 2007 For $138,125 Against $777,729
  14. March - April 2007 For $438,500 Against $1,744,289
  15. May - June 2007 For $401,260 Against $1,916,223
  16. July - August 2007 For $167,537 Against $873,721
  17. September - October 2007 For $358,808 Against $1,380,298
  18. November - December 2007 For $506,300 Against $1,739,502
  19. January - February 2008 For $272,435 Against $973,062
  20. March - April 2008 For $435,617 Against $1,662,706
  21. May - June 2008 For $923,453 Against $1,826,331
  22. July - August 2008 For $411,246 Against $1,091,818
  23. September - October 2008 For $1,305,113 Against $2,333,005
  24. November - December 2008 For $113,718 Against $998,206
  25. January - February 2009 For $196,740 Against $653,798
  26. March - April 2009 For $418,671 Against $1,615,428
  27. May - June 2009 For $322,260 Against $1,656,357
  28. July - August 2009 For $127,854 Against $1,047,691
  29. September - October 2009 For $350,869 Against $1,476,724
  30. November - December 2009 For $276,570 Against $1,102,031
  31. January - February 2010 For $170,627 Against $724,062
  32. March - April 2010 For $340,985 Against $1,746,572
  33. May - June 2010 For $406,351 Against $1,385,238
  34. July - August 2010 For $236,250 Against $785,874
  35. September - October 2010 For $848,497 Against $1,443,271
  36. November - December 2010 For $90,284 Against $559,810

Votes

    22 Organizations Supported and 21 Opposed; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    Employee Free Choice Act of 2009

    22 organizations supported this bill

    AFL-CIO
    American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (n.d.). Why does America need EFCA. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from America's Union Movement.
    American Federation of Government Employees
    American Federation of Government Employees (2009, March 10). AFGE News. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from AFGE.
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (2009, March 5). AFSCME Blog. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from AFSCME.
    American Federation of Teachers
    American Federation of Teachers (2009, March 10). AFT News. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from American Federation of Teachers.
    American Postal Workers Union
    American Postal Workers Union (2009, March 18). APWU Makes a Difference. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from American Postal Workers Union.
    American Public Health Association
    American Public Health Association (n.d.). American Public Health Association Newsletter. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from American Public Health Association.
    American Rights at Work
    American Rights at Work (n.d.). American Rights at Work EFCA website. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from American Rights at Work.
    Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice
    Catholics for Working Families (n.d.). Catholics for Working Families. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Catholics for Working Families.
    Catholics United
    Catholics for Working Families (n.d.). Catholics for Working Families. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Catholics for Working Families.
    Communications Workers of America
    Communication Workers of America (2009, January 1). CWA News. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Communication Workers of America.
    Democratic National Committee
    Democratic National Committee (n.d.). Pass the EFCA. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from The Democratic Party.
    Economic Policy Institute
    Economic Policy Institute (n.d.). Statement from America's leading economists. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Economic Policy Institute.
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
    Employee Free Choice Act AFL-CIO (n.d.). Employee Free Choice Act Now!. Retrieved March 20, 2009, from Employee Free Choice Act AFL-CIO.
    International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    Teamsters (n.d.). Teamsters Action Alert. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Teamsters.
    International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
    United Auto Workers (n.d.). UAW members:Join the Million-Member Mobilization Campaign for the Employee Free Choice Act. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from United Auto Workers.
    Jobs With Justice
    Jobs with Justice (n.d.). Employee Free Choice Act. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Jobs with Justice.
    National Association of Letter Carriers
    National Association of Letter Carriers (2009, March 9). NALC Fact Sheet. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from National Association of Letter Carriers.
    Pax Christi USA
    Catholics United (n.d.). Catholics for Working Families. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Catholics for Working Families.
    Service Employees International Union
    Kawana Lloyd (2009, March 10). Workers From Across Nation Lobby Congress to Get Economy Back on Track with Employee Free Choice Act. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Service Employees International Union.
    United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
    United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (n.d.). The Employee Free Choice Must Pass!. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
    United Mine Workers of America
    United Mine Workers of America (2009, January 6). Employee Free Choice Act Facts. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from United Mine Workers of America.
    United Steelworkers
    Geenen, Jon (2009, March 13). It's about democracy and rights, not secret elections. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from United Steelworkers.

    21 organizations opposed this bill

    American Apparel & Footwear Association
    American Apparel and Footwear Association (2009, October 12). Card Check Legislation Introduced in Both House (HR 1409) and Senate (S 560) . Retrieved October 12, 2009, from American Apparel and Footwear Association.
    American Frozen Food Institute
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    American Health Care Association
    The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    American Hospital Association
    (2009, March 10). American Hospital Association Press Release. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from .
    American Hotel & Lodging Association
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    Americans for Tax Reform
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    Associated Builders and Contractors
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    Citigroup
    Sam Stein (2009, March 12). Citigroup Enters Union Fray With Anti-EFCA Call. Huffington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/12/citigroup-enters-union-fr_n_174106.html.
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (n.d.). Employee Forced Choice Act. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    Eagle Forum
    Eagle Forum (n.d.). EAGLE FORUM STRONGLY OPPOSES —. Retrieved April 23, 2010, from Eagle Forum.
    Heritage Foundation
    James Sherk and Paul Kersey & (2009, March 4). How the Employee Free Choice Act Takes Away Workers' Rights. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from The Heritage Foundation Leadership for America.
    Home Depot
    Lloyd, Mary Ellen (2009, March 12). Home Depot. CNN. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200903121523DOWJONESDJONLINE001007_FORTUNE5.htm.
    National Association of Manufacturers
    National Association of Manufacturers (n.d.). NAM Press Release. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from National Association of Manufacturers.
    National Electrical Manufacturers Association
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    National Grocers Association
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    National Mining Association
    National Mining Association (2009, March 13). NMA Mining Week. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from National Mining Association.
    National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    North American Meat Institute
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    Real Estate Roundtable
    Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (2009, January 7). Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Letter to Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2009, from Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2009, February 11). Chambers of Commerce in Right-to-Work States. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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    Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 111th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010.
    Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Daniel K. AkakaDHI$192,140$114,750
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$18,800$474,927
    John BarrassoRWY$12,000$172,900
    Max BaucusDMT$163,400$872,029
    Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$51,702$401,051
    Mark BegichDAK$255,209$129,651
    Michael F. BennetDCO$300,167$555,916
    Bob BennettRUT$13,000$348,622
    Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$117,500$184,067
    Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$250$74,200
    Barbara BoxerDCA$582,411$438,951
    Sherrod BrownDOH$402,175$424,638
    Sam BrownbackRKS$500$9,000
    Jim BunningRKY$300$98,425
    Richard BurrRNC$1,750$857,901
    Roland BurrisDIL$15,000$1,250
    Robert ByrdDWV$325,895$129,650
    Maria CantwellDWA$70,308$316,020
    Ben CardinDMD$293,674$577,975
    Tom CarperDDE$118,000$347,829
    Bob CaseyDPA$504,217$603,408
    Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$18,350$1,437,166
    Tom CoburnROK$-250$301,047
    William Thad CochranRMS$14,000$126,000
    Susan M. CollinsRME$78,750$585,683
    Gaylord Kent ConradDND$170,450$379,530
    Bob CorkerRTN$28,150$1,087,195
    John CornynRTX$18,375$1,319,691
    Mike CrapoRID$5,000$361,896
    Jim DeMintRSC$5,250$651,190
    Chris DoddDCT$204,800$628,376
    Byron DorganDND$118,600$219,900
    Dick DurbinDIL$257,625$618,850
    John EnsignRNV$9,000$376,933
    Mike EnziRWY$9,000$217,800
    Russ FeingoldDWI$507,049$202,340
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$177,547$469,077
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$697,871$805,706
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$15,700$468,095
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$24,800$435,637
    Judd GreggRNH$1,000$24,250
    Kay R. HaganDNC$366,821$259,324
    Tom HarkinDIA$225,180$383,065
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$24,400$518,800
    Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$18,600$635,764
    Jim InhofeROK$10,000$378,400
    Dan InouyeDHI$74,900$257,255
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$10,450$745,739
    Mike JohannsRNE$9,500$405,271
    Tim JohnsonDSD$236,208$352,447
    Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
    Ted KennedyDMA$235,575$303,862
    John F. KerryDMA$148,304$338,520
    Amy KlobucharDMN$313,803$413,792
    Herb KohlDWI$7,228$0
    Jon KylRAZ$15,600$1,307,677
    Mary L. LandrieuDLA$254,280$556,334
    Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$135,650$520,050
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$169,050$80,400
    Carl LevinDMI$237,174$305,954
    Joe LiebermanICT$204,456$1,071,125
    Blanche LincolnDAR$98,966$824,328
    Dick LugarRIN$29,000$240,445
    Mel MartinezRFL$3,600$260,225
    John McCainRAZ$15,750$517,125
    Claire McCaskillDMO$368,726$337,533
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$46,350$1,751,567
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$331,570$825,903
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$403,683$173,341
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$179,200$277,682
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$28,850$234,230
    Patty MurrayDWA$364,794$339,870
    Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$138,750$594,887
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$278,524$748,243
    Mark L. PryorDAR$116,400$332,639
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$92,300$297,021
    Harry ReidDNV$377,727$1,065,843
    Jim RischRID$7,050$317,922
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$6,250$623,989
    John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$201,500$306,050
    Bernie SandersIVT$394,794$36,939
    Chuck SchumerDNY$233,728$1,116,185
    Jeff SessionsRAL$1,600$374,005
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$395,561$237,448
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$10,800$465,250
    Olympia J. SnoweRME$69,000$323,953
    Arlen SpecterDPA$212,620$800,774
    Debbie StabenowDMI$291,685$619,075
    Jon TesterDMT$289,422$171,970
    John ThuneRSD$1,000$806,922
    Mark UdallDCO$580,605$419,552
    Tom UdallDNM$441,209$223,771
    David VitterRLA$1,650$714,704
    George VoinovichROH$16,450$246,745
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$294,218$680,003
    Jim WebbDVA$245,668$149,600
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$195,700$181,906
    Roger F. WickerRMS$22,950$549,049
    Ron WydenDOR$101,050$525,940

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    NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Daniel K. AkakaDHI$192,140$114,750
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$18,800$474,927
    John BarrassoRWY$12,000$172,900
    Max BaucusDMT$163,400$872,029
    Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$51,702$401,051
    Mark BegichDAK$255,209$129,651
    Michael F. BennetDCO$300,167$555,916
    Bob BennettRUT$13,000$348,622
    Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$117,500$184,067
    Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$250$74,200
    Barbara BoxerDCA$582,411$438,951
    Sherrod BrownDOH$402,175$424,638
    Sam BrownbackRKS$500$9,000
    Jim BunningRKY$300$98,425
    Richard BurrRNC$1,750$857,901
    Roland BurrisDIL$15,000$1,250
    Robert ByrdDWV$325,895$129,650
    Maria CantwellDWA$70,308$316,020
    Ben CardinDMD$293,674$577,975
    Tom CarperDDE$118,000$347,829
    Bob CaseyDPA$504,217$603,408
    Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$18,350$1,437,166
    Tom CoburnROK$-250$301,047
    William Thad CochranRMS$14,000$126,000
    Susan M. CollinsRME$78,750$585,683
    Gaylord Kent ConradDND$170,450$379,530
    Bob CorkerRTN$28,150$1,087,195
    John CornynRTX$18,375$1,319,691
    Mike CrapoRID$5,000$361,896
    Jim DeMintRSC$5,250$651,190
    Chris DoddDCT$204,800$628,376
    Byron DorganDND$118,600$219,900
    Dick DurbinDIL$257,625$618,850
    John EnsignRNV$9,000$376,933
    Mike EnziRWY$9,000$217,800
    Russ FeingoldDWI$507,049$202,340
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$177,547$469,077
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$697,871$805,706
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$15,700$468,095
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$24,800$435,637
    Judd GreggRNH$1,000$24,250
    Kay R. HaganDNC$366,821$259,324
    Tom HarkinDIA$225,180$383,065
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$24,400$518,800
    Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$18,600$635,764
    Jim InhofeROK$10,000$378,400
    Dan InouyeDHI$74,900$257,255
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$10,450$745,739
    Mike JohannsRNE$9,500$405,271
    Tim JohnsonDSD$236,208$352,447
    Ted KaufmanDDE$0$0
    Ted KennedyDMA$235,575$303,862
    John F. KerryDMA$148,304$338,520
    Amy KlobucharDMN$313,803$413,792
    Herb KohlDWI$7,228$0
    Jon KylRAZ$15,600$1,307,677
    Mary L. LandrieuDLA$254,280$556,334
    Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$135,650$520,050
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$169,050$80,400
    Carl LevinDMI$237,174$305,954
    Joe LiebermanICT$204,456$1,071,125
    Blanche LincolnDAR$98,966$824,328
    Dick LugarRIN$29,000$240,445
    Mel MartinezRFL$3,600$260,225
    John McCainRAZ$15,750$517,125
    Claire McCaskillDMO$368,726$337,533
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$46,350$1,751,567
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$331,570$825,903
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$403,683$173,341
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$179,200$277,682
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$28,850$234,230
    Patty MurrayDWA$364,794$339,870
    Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$138,750$594,887
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$278,524$748,243
    Mark L. PryorDAR$116,400$332,639
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$92,300$297,021
    Harry ReidDNV$377,727$1,065,843
    Jim RischRID$7,050$317,922
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$6,250$623,989
    John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$201,500$306,050
    Bernie SandersIVT$394,794$36,939
    Chuck SchumerDNY$233,728$1,116,185
    Jeff SessionsRAL$1,600$374,005
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$395,561$237,448
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$10,800$465,250
    Olympia J. SnoweRME$69,000$323,953
    Arlen SpecterDPA$212,620$800,774
    Debbie StabenowDMI$291,685$619,075
    Jon TesterDMT$289,422$171,970
    John ThuneRSD$1,000$806,922
    Mark UdallDCO$580,605$419,552
    Tom UdallDNM$441,209$223,771
    David VitterRLA$1,650$714,704
    George VoinovichROH$16,450$246,745
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$294,218$680,003
    Jim WebbDVA$245,668$149,600
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$195,700$181,906
    Roger F. WickerRMS$22,950$549,049
    Ron WydenDOR$101,050$525,940

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Democratic/Liberal$5,133,422
    US Postal Service unions & associations$1,965,929
    Teachers unions$1,136,425
    Minority/Ethnic Groups$1,071,268
    Federal employees unions$1,018,400
    Manufacturing unions$973,595
    IBEW (Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)$623,950
    State & local govt employee unions$580,898
    Teamsters union$478,900
    Commercial service unions$473,850
    Communications & hi-tech unions$400,650
    Churches, clergy & religious organizations$352,960
    Health & welfare policy$332,847
    Labor Unions$332,300
    Automotive Manufacturing union$324,950
    Mining unions$185,000
    Other commercial unions$0

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

    $ Donated
    Real Estate developers & subdividers$11,932,579
    Commercial banks & bank holding companies$9,739,054
    Hospitals$6,676,877
    Republican/Conservative$3,070,561
    Nursing homes$2,443,687
    Hotels & motels$1,934,517
    Food and kindred products manufacturing$1,845,813
    Food stores$1,593,132
    Oil & Gas$1,535,211
    Electronics manufacturing & services$1,335,832
    Hardware & building materials stores$819,299
    Meat processing & products$777,216
    Mining$500,450
    Manufacturing$289,989
    Builders associations$267,875
    Other construction-related products$250,349
    Chambers of commerce$222,314
    Personal products manufacturing$109,380
    Fiscal & tax policy$51,800
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