Skip to comments.Both business, labor claim recess victories (Kiss the Secret Ballott Goodbye - Reid)
Posted on 04/18/2009 5:48:09 PM PDT by jessduntno
Both business, labor claim recess victories By Michael O'Brien Posted: 04/18/09 06:59 PM [ET] After two weeks of wrangling over the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) during the congressional recess, both business and labor groups are claiming victory before the return of Congress this week.
Organized labor groups have cited what they claim was the largest grass-roots mobilization since the election as a sign of their success over the congressional break, while business groups point to signs that the legislation will fall short of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) declared Sen. Blanche Lincolns (D-Ark.) decision to oppose EFA (sometimes known as card check) a victory in an internal memo obtained by The Hill.
The Congressional recess has only served to add momentum to efforts to stop the ill-named Employee Free Choice Act, the memo reads, pointing also to the skepticism aired by centrist Democrats during the recess that the bill isnt viable in its current form.
I don't really know how they're able to claim such a thing, the Service Employees International Unions (SEIU) Mark McCullough said. I think they're being hopeful in the statements, and they're not really basing it on reality.
McCullough pointed to the millions being spent on advertising in favor of EFCA the past two weeks and the hundreds of town hall meetings held in targeted congressional districts.
Labors efforts to maintain the push for the legislation despite having lost several key votes in recent weeks was also highlighted in an AFL-CIO memo released Friday.
All across the country Americas workers held over 400 events in support of [EFCA] including forums, community town halls, roundtables, letter delivery events, and marches, the union said in its memo, pointing also to the $1 million ad campaign spent on two ads targeting the legislations opponents.
Business and labor did manage, though, to find common ground in their post-recess assessments: both sides clearly believe that the fight over card check is far from dead in this Congress.
While we should be pleased with our efforts, hard work remains to ensure EFCA or some variation of it does not get passed in this Congress or in any future sessions, WFIs memo read. Simply stated, there can be no real discussion until EFCA is taken off the table.
Dingy harry rides to the rescue...
Unless they won, of course.
If they (Congress) does this card check thing they will find out it isn’t about business or organized labor, it’s about freedom (right) to work. Just one more nail in their political coffin.
Wring. They have murderous thug squads. We don't.
Wrong. They have murderous thug squads. We don't.
The fact we’re even discussing ending secret ballots means it’s over...How anyone can think this is a good thing is beyond me.
Hey, Hildy, did you see the article about a lot of lost jobs in AZ due to the wacky voter initiative in ‘06 increasing the minimum wage?
“The fact were even discussing ending secret ballots means its over...How anyone can think this is a good thing is beyond me.”
“Anyone” can think it is a good idea...if they are a fascist or a socialist or an “internationalist” which is the word we will start hearing a lot more, I think...
Doesn’t Frankin give them the 60 votes? Do we know if, as ussual, snow, collins and spector are planning to side with the dems?