MMAC forum to focus on ‘card check’ law

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s next Blueprint Briefing will focus on the potential impacts of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as the "card check" law.

The bill has been introduced in the both the U.S. House and Senate (HR 1409 and S. 560).

This bill would affect businesses in all industries by radically restructuring 60 years of carefully crafted labor laws that have served both unions and employers well for decades. The bill would allow unions to simply collect signatures and deny employees their right to a secret ballot election process, the MMAC said. The bill also would undermine the collective bargaining process through forced binding arbitration and would imposing substantial new penalties on employers, the MMAC said.

The Blueprint Briefing will take place on Thursday, April 23, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the MMAC’s offices in downtown Milwaukee at 756 N. Milwaukee St. At this briefing, Jon Levine of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP will provide a detailed overview of the EFCA legislation and its impacts, and Scott Reppert, president and chief executive officer of Superior Health Linens, will discuss steps to make a business more worker-friendly and less susceptible to unionization efforts.

To register, visit

A "Predicting an Organization’s Vulnerability to Unionization" Webinar will be held on Thursday, April 9, at noon. The webinar, presented by Morehead, a human capital research firm, will discuss factors that influence employees to engage in union activity. Participants will learn about the specific issues organizations can address to reduce the likelihood of a unionized workforce. To sign up for the webinar, visit

The UW-Madison Center for Quick Response Manufacturing will present “How to Implement Quick Response in Office Operations” on Wednesday, March 31 at the Engineering Centers Building, 1550 Engineering Dr., Madison. Cost is $165 or $125 for members of the center. For information, visit

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