The Pros and Cons of Union Card-Checks
by Thomas Bergan
Manager, AIA Federal Legislative Relations
In March 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that would dramatically alter the method by which American workers form a union. This legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 (H.R. 800), passed the House by a vote of 241- 185; shortly thereafter, the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on the bill as the cloture vote failed, 51-48. Congress did not address this legislation in 2008, but it is probable that the bill will reemerge now that the new Congress has convened. The AIA Board Advocacy Committee, which oversees national AIA legislative initiatives, would like to hear your opinion on this topic. Please read on.