Why the 'Card-Check' Issue is Important to U.S. Meat Processing Industry

February 4, 2009 06:00 PM
 

via a special arrangement with Informa Economics, Inc.

An issue on the meatpacking industry's top agenda

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Arbitration face-off ahead re: card-check battle. Some in the U.S. meatpacking industry say one of their biggest issues is the fate of efforts by some lawmakers and their labor union supporters regarding "card-check” legislation – a proposal to make it easier for workers to form unions.

Under the proposed bill, employees would be able to form bargaining units by filling out a card, rather than voting in an election by secret ballot. Business and labor are on opposite sides of the issue, and both are preparing aggressive campaigns as the bill, also known as the Employee Free Choice Act, comes before Congress.

A shifting focus. CongressDaily reported that while unions and business groups kicked off dueling campaigns over the topic, "on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been shifting the focus to a second, less-noticed part of the Employee Free Choice Act: a provision that would force unions and companies into mandatory arbitration on the first contract they are unable to reach agreement on."


Comments: As to whether or not this is a big meat processing issue, one industry official told me, "While our per-hour labor pay is likely higher than most union levels, the labor groups will clearly go after pensions and other legacy costs and that would definitely impact the competitiveness and long-term survival of the U.S. meatpacking industry.”

Bottom line: So don't just just think this is an automobile or other industry issue -- it can and would affect agriculture as well.


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