Betting on the Employee Free Choice Act: Is Labor Law to Blame for Labor’s Current Ills and Will Labor Law Reform Solve the Problem?

Source: Eric Arnesen, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Vol. 7 no. 3, Fall 2010
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This issue’s Up for Debate section centers on EFCA and labor law’s contribution to the current crisis of American labor. Putting aside the issue of the likelihood of EFCA’s passage, Labor asked four scholars of American labor to weigh in on two related questions. First, just how much is labor law to blame for the dire straits in which the labor movement now finds itself? And second, will labor law reform — should EFCA survive congressional opposition and eventually pass — redress the current imbalance on the union organizing front? Although the perspectives offered in these pages will not be the final word on a complex and depressing subject, these contributions cast valuable light on the historical dimensions of the historical and political dimensions of the current legislative battle.

Articles include:
EFCA, Alas, Is Not the Answer – Roy J. Adams

Betting on New Forms of Worker Organization – Dorothy Sue Cobble

Moving Past EFCA – David Brody

Despite EFCA’s Limitations, Its Demise Is a Profound Defeat for U.S. Labor – Nelson Lichtenstein

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