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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 [...]
A Doozy of a New Year

A Doozy of a New Year

I sure hope the holidays were restful for our nation’s lawmakers, because the second session of the 111th Congress is shaping up to be a doozy.  First, we have health care reform – the House and Senate approved their respective bills in the waning days of 2009, and the process wasn’t pretty. Now Congress and the Obama Administration have the unenviable task of hammering out a compromise, which latest sources indicate will not be achieved through a formal conference.  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 [...]
The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

This week House and Senate leaders announced that Congress will do something to respond to rising unemployment before they adjourn for the year.  I don't know any economist -- or anyone else, for that matter -- who would argue that the current 10.2% unemployment rate and lack of job creation in this economic recovery is NOT a problem.  Quite the contrary - workers and their families are very concerned about the availability of jobs, and employers are concerned not Read more [...]
Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

Watch the Pots…They’ll Eventually Boil

With every new presidential administration comes a different set of priorities and issues, and Congress' legislative agenda reflects this fact.  However, while much of the media focus has been on the big ticket items--health care reform, climate change, regulation of the financial industry, and the economy, there are several other items that are simmering on the backburner.  At some point, the heat will get turned up and these issues will really start bubbling. Here is a sampling of 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 [...]