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Yes, It’s Still Out There…

Yes, It’s Still Out There…

To say that Washington is a busy place this summer is an understatement.  Congress is still negotiating a deal to bring energy and climate change legislation to the floor.  Numerous Senate and House committees are combing their way through hundreds of pages of legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system. The Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations process is in full swing.  The House of Representatives even held 53 votes on Thursday.  Yep, busy. With all of the focus Read more [...]
Devil in the Details…the Other "Card Check" Demon

Devil in the Details…the Other "Card Check" Demon

Most of the attention on the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) has centered on provisions which would effectively strip workers of their right to secret ballot elections in deciding whether to join unions, replacing such elections instead with a "card check" system.  But the other feature of EFCA is just as diabolical for business and workers alike. Under current labor law, unions and employers are obligated to bargain in good faith over labor contracts, Read more [...]
Card Check and Small Business – the Remix

Card Check and Small Business – the Remix

Back in February, I posted a blog about the impact of the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) on America's small businesses.  The blog included a link to an editorial written by Representiatve Howard "Buck" McKeon, the Ranking Republican Member on the House Education and Labor Committee, that debunked the myth that small businesses won't be impacted by EFCA. Nearly four months later, the debate about EFCA and potential "compromises" Read more [...]
Why Are We Even Talking About Card Check?

Why Are We Even Talking About Card Check?

Brian Worth, chairman of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, wrote an excellent editorial for the Washington Post in which he calls into question the need for the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) or even a "compromise" designed to get around the problems with EFCA by proposing mail-in ballots, giving union organizers unlimited access to employees in the workplace, and mandating "quickie" elections. Some of the key points he makes: Unions are Read more [...]
The "Cake" the Unions Baked

The "Cake" the Unions Baked

Catching up on a myriad of articles and blogs about the infamous--and misnamed--"Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560), I ran across some statements made by Vice-President Biden that really "take the cake." Earlier this week, Vice-President Biden was speaking about labor issues and card check legislation before a conference of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and had this to say: "Everybody looks back on the election now and says Read more [...]
"Snap Elections" – the Newest Card Check Bogeyman

"Snap Elections" – the Newest Card Check Bogeyman

Unable to stomach a "loss" on anti-democratic and anti-competitive "card check" legislation, proponents of the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) apparently are now pushing for a "compromise" to reach the 60 votes necessary for Senate action.  Newly-minted Senate Democrat Arlen Specter, who opposes EFCA in its current form, is rumored to be seeking an alternative to EFCA with labor groups and key congressional leaders.  Details on Read more [...]
Card Check – Down, But Not Out

Card Check – Down, But Not Out

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 Read more [...]
Thank you, Senator Specter…Great News for "Card Check" Opponents

Thank you, Senator Specter…Great News for "Card Check" Opponents

Today, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced his intention to OPPOSE cloture and final passage of the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560), dealing a significant blow to the AFL-CIO and other proponents who had been counting on his vote to support the anti-democratic and anti-competitive legislation. "The problems of the recession make this a particularly bad time to enact Employees Free Choice legislation. Employers understandably complain that adding a burden would Read more [...]
Capitol Hill is "Card Check" Buzzing…

Capitol Hill is "Card Check" Buzzing…

As I “pounded the pavement” the past couple of days promoting NEMA and its activities on Capitol Hill, I couldn’t help but marvel at the sheer amount of buzz about the misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act,” (EFCA; HR 1409/S 560) that specter which threatens to kill the use of secret ballot in union elections and allow federal arbitrators to impose employment conditions on America’s businesses. I heard about “card check” in congressional offices, in the hallways, and yes, even while enjoying Read more [...]
Card Check is on the Table — and the Die is Cast

Card Check is on the Table — and the Die is Cast

Both chambers of Congress introduced their versions of card check today.  As Caesar said, the die is cast. You very well may not see an issue that unites business like this again in your lifetime. Or at least for the next year. NEMA is doing its part to alert the membership -- discussion of our industry's strategy will play a significant role in the Board of Directors meeting on Thursday.  And our friends at Electrical Trends blog have on the warpath as well. See their cleverly titled Read more [...]