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Voices on Trade

Voices on Trade

President Obama's point man on trade, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (@MikeFroman), met recently with the NEMA Board of Governors. Why? I venture a guess that it's because they care about trade and access to international markets. If I'm right, it turns out they are in good company.    Recent polling commissioned by the Business Roundtable (BRT) found that 82 percent of Americans support U.S. trade negotiations to open foreign markets and ensure Read more [...]
Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some sectors of the global electroindustry. These can also present safety issues, as explained by the Electrical Safety 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]
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 [...]
In this ("Card Check") Corner…Warren Buffett

In this ("Card Check") Corner…Warren Buffett

Round 1 of the battle over the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (EFCA) is winding down as round 2 begins with the introduction of the legislation in both chambers of Congress today. And what a bout it will be...here are just a few things we have learned about EFCA in just the past few days: A new study by economist Dr. Anne Layne-Farrar demonstrates that if EFCA passed today and resulted in an increase in unionization from the current rate of about 12% to 15%, unemployment Read more [...]