Opponents of the anti-democratic, anti-competitive "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) scored another victory this week when Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) announced her intention to vote against cloture and passage of the legislation.
Speaking at the Little Rock Political Animals Club, Lincoln was reported to have told participants "I cannot support that bill. Cannot support that bill in its current form. Cannot support and will not support moving it forward in its current form."
Senator Lincoln's announcement is welcome news to those who believe the "card check" bill is a bad idea. Her announcement follows a similar one issued a couple of weeks ago by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) also has expressed reservations about the EFCA as it currently stands. Union advocates had been counting on these votes to help advance the measure in the Senate, where passage has always been uncertain.
These wins – for workers and employers alike – should be celebrated, but the fight isn't over. Talks of "compromise" legislation and using other measures to move EFCA are circulating, and chances are they will be problematic for proponents of the secret ballot and good-faith contract negotiations. Now is not the time to let down our guard.