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  • Oh, Snap!

    With so-called "card check" legislation effectively dead with little (if any) hope for resuscitation, attention now turns to the newest battle brewing between labor unions and industry/business interests: "quickie" (or "snap") union elections. On June 21, the National Labor...
  • That Pesky EFCA

    Summer brings out all sorts of "pesky" creatures - flies, mosquitoes, bees, etc. - that, no matter what you, never seem to disappear. Kind of like the so-called " Employee Free Choice Act " (EFCA; HR 1409 / S 560 ), also known as "card check." In an address to the AFL-CIO's...
  • Laboring Away

    Between now and Election Day 2010 (195 days away), Congress and the Obama Administration have a full plate, including financial regulatory reform, climate change and energy, and other priorities. One area where we could see some action is on several labor issues. Here are few possibilities: While the...
  • Is Card Check Dead Yet?

    “In terms of the NLRB, we’re going to get it done. In the fight for EFCA, we’ve got to sit down and figure out where we go from here….I think we’re going to get it done.” – Remarks of Vice President Joe Biden before the AFL-CIO, March 1, 2010 Election years...
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  • Future of Card Check?

    Today's issue of Roll Call ( January 13, 2010) includes an interesting article ("Democrats Trying to Mollify Unions") on the legislative priorities of union activists and their increasing frustration with Congress over everything from proposals to tax "Cadillac" health care plans...
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  • To Card Check or Not to Card Check, That is the Question

    As Congress prepares to leave Washington for the holiday season, weary and somewhat battered by the recent health care overhaul debate, the question remains: when - if at all - will the Senate take up the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" ( HR 1409 / S 560 )? In a December 14, 2009 article...
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  • "Steely" Resolve on EFCA

    This week the AFL-CIO is holding its 2009 convention in Pittsburgh, and two issues grabbing most of the attention are overhaul of the nation's health care system and the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560). And the big guns are out in full force. On Monday, U.S. Secretary...
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  • Labor Day 2009: Fate of EFCA

    As our nation prepares to bid farewell to summer and celebrate Labor Day , now is the perfect time to take stock of where we are with respect to the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" ( HR 1409 / S560 ), also known as EFCA or simply "card check." Americans don't want "card...
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  • It's Flip-Flop Season

    "I will not be an automatic 60th vote. And I would illustrate that by my position on employees' choice, also known as card check. I think it is a bad bill and I'm opposed to it and would not vote to invoke cloture. " -- Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), in a news conference announcing his...
  • Let's Make a Deal

    Compromise : 1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions. 2. the result of such settlement. 3. something intermediate between different things. 4. an endangering, esp. of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc. 5. to settle by a compromise. 6. to make liable to danger, suspicion, scandal...
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