EFCO's Illegal Four Committees That Went Astray

February 1, 1996
EFCO Corp. is an aluminum window-manufacturing company of 900 employees located in Southwestern Missouri. In 1995, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) deemed four of its many employee committees illegal. If you have similar programs, you may also be heading for a tangle with the NLRB.

The "Illegal Four," as described by the TEAM Coalition, were:

  • The Employer Policy Review Committee:
    Designed to help review and establish a broad range of company policies. Issues considered by the committee included implementation of a no-smoking policy, leave policies, dress codes, four-day workweeks, overtime, holidays, vacations and time clocks
  • Safety Committee:
    Created to set safety policies for the plant and look into ways to enforce them through employee involvement
  • Employee Suggestion Screening Committee:
    Set up to review employee suggestions, which, if deemed valid, were referred to other groups for consideration, and lead to financial rewards
  • Employee Benefit Committee:
    Formed to solicit ideas from employees about EFCO's employee benefits plans, contact other employees for ideas, and make recommendations to management. The chairman served as a contact with management, but didn't actually bargain over the committee's recommendations.

All four committees met on the company's premises on paid time with at least one member of management sitting in on the committee meetings.

SOURCE: Labor Policy Association, based in Washington, D.C.

Personnel Journal, February 1996, Vol. 75, No. 2, pp. 85-87.