The deceptively titled “Employee Free Choice Act of 2007” has been defeated in Congress.  The Act, which would have allowed for, among other things, “card voting” by employees to establish a union (in lieu of an actual, verifiable vote) posed a significant risk to the franchisor community. 

Although strong union interests quickly moved the bill through the House in the Spring, bi-partisan action has effectively defeated the Bill.  Although this is good news for franchisors, the franchisor community needs to watch for any attempts to revive this defeated legislation over the next year leading up to the presidential election campaign.