Organized Labor's highest legislative priority is the Employee
Free Choice Act (EFCA), legislation that would dramatically reshape
American labor law. EFCA effectively replaces secret ballot
organizing elections with publicly signed cards and establishes
binding arbitration where the government imposes initial contracts
on businesses and workers. EFCA also massively increases the
penalties for employer - but not union - misconduct during
This legislation would have significant consequences for both
employees and employers, but few Americans are aware of it.
Homer Deakins, shareholder of Ogletree Deakins - one of the
America's leading employment law firms - and Rian Wathen, former
Organizing Director for the UFCW, will provide insight from
both the management and union perspectives to explain how passing
EFCA would affect Americans in the workplace.
More About the Speakers
Homer L. Deakins, Jr.
Former Organizing Director and Director of Collective
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700,
Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics