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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 [...]
Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

Last week I wrote columns on the possible "compromise" on the anti-democratic "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) and the proposed "millionaire" surtax designed to pay for health care reforms.  I'd like to say that all of the problems with EFCA and the health care bill have been worked out, but this is July, not April Fools Day.  Very little seems to have changed from last week, other than the fact that legislators are increasingly short-tempered 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 [...]
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 [...]