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Oh, Snap!

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 Relations Board (NLRB) proposed reforms of the procedures it follows prior and subsequent to conducting secret ballot elections to determine if employees wish to be represented by unions for collective Read more [...]
That Pesky EFCA

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 Executive Council on August 4, President Obama said that "Getting EFCA through the Senate is going to be tough, but we're going to keep pushing." He also made it clear that if card check Read more [...]
Laboring Away

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 legislative outlook for the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560, aka "card check") remains unclear, there most likely will be attempts to implement aspects of the Read more [...]
Is Card Check Dead Yet?

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 provide plenty of fodder for political junkies, but election year posturing too often produces suspect public policy. Case in point: the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” (HR 1409/S 560). Read more [...]
Future of Card Check?

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 to failure to take action on the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560). The article suggests what is widely acknowledged around the nation's capital, namely, that mustering Read more [...]
To Card Check or Not to Card Check, That is the Question

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 ("The Rose Garden: Card Check Promises a Gut Check in 2010"), Roll Call contributor Keith Koffler outlines the political conundrum President Obama and "card check" Read more [...]
"Steely" Resolve on EFCA

"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 of Labor Hilda Solis assured the assembly that the Obama administration would fight for EFCA, stating "I will work with the White House so that together we make the strongest case Read more [...]
Labor Day 2009: Fate of EFCA

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 check" provisions that strip workers of their rights to secret ballot union elections. Polls have shown that approxiately 74% of Americans (including a majority of union households) do Read more [...]
It’s Flip-Flop Season

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 switch to the Democratic Party (April 28, 2009) Ari Melber: "...we'll go to the third question. In stitching these three together is it fair to say that on the climate change Read more [...]
Let’s Make a Deal

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, etc. 7. to involve or affect unfavorably.  The Wall Street Journal recently published a great editorial on Senate discussions over the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” (HR 1409/S Read more [...]