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Liberals Hold Prayer Breakfast in U.S. Capitol to Pray for Bill to End Secret [Union] Ballots
CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2009 | Adam Brickley

Posted on 05/20/2009 8:59:03 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo

Washington (CNSNews.com) – Union leaders, clergy and liberal members of Congress gathered in the mostly empty U.S. Capitol Visitors Center early Tuesday morning to hear multicultural choir music, speeches from religious leaders--and to pray for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

The event was a prayer breakfast sponsored by Faith Leaders for Workplace Fairness--a coalition of liberal religious groups that was formed for the sole purpose of promoting EFCA, commonly known as the “card-check” bill.

Under this bill, union organizers could compel an employer to recognize a union as representing the employer's workers any time more than 50 percent of workers in a workplace publicly signed cards saying they wanted the union. When that happened, there would be no secret ballot among the workers on whether to unionize, and the workers who had not signed the public cards would have no say in the matter.

In addition, if the employer did not agree to a contract with the union within 90 days, he would have to submit to mandatory arbitration in which the federal government would set the pay and benefits for his workers.

The Rev. Sue Gaeta, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) minister representing the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus, told the gathering that “faith traditions encourage us and compel us” to stand for “workplace justice.”

When CNSNews.com asked whether she thought there is a religious obligation or a moral responsibility for workers to unionize, Gaeta replied: "I would say that there is a religious moral obligation to allow that choice for workers to unionize. Yes."

Another speaker, Father Joseph Fahey of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, said that the right to form trade unions is “at the core” of the Catholic understanding of justice.

Fahey, meanwhile, said that Catholic teaching doesn’t compel someone to vote one way or the other on unionization.

“That's a matter of personal judgment that I would respect,” Fahey said. “There can be utilitarian reasons why workers may not [support unionization] in any individual cases."

The attendees were “commissioned” by the Rev. Steve Copley of Little Rock, Ark., before dispersing into groups to lobby their respective senators.

At a news conference after the breakfast, meanwhile, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), called the EFCA “one of the real social justice issues of our time” and said that pro-EFCA messages should filter down to "local churches, synagogues, and mosques"--since, he said, some U.S. senators attend houses of worship.

Before the union and religious leaders fanned out on Capitol Hill, one congresswoman not only talked about EFCA in moral terms, she condemned possible compromise legislation.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), who told the group that “the faith community has always been on the side of workers,” announced that she had stopped holding “coffee conversations” at Starbucks stores in her district, citing the company’s position on EFCA. She said the events would either be moved to a different location or discontinued.

Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee giant, drew her wrath because it is part of a coalition that includes the warehouse giant Costco and the organic supermarket chain Whole Foods--the Committee for a Level Playing Field--that has produced a compromise alternative to EFCA.

Spokeswoman Eileen M. O’Connor told CNSNews.com that the committee of progressive companies came up with the compromise because “the conversation in Washington surrounding the Employee Free Choice Act had become very polarized and, in the committee's view, unproductive.”

“Starbucks recognizes that the way in which current labor law is enforced is flawed and backs six principles to level the playing field for both labor and employers,” O'Connor, an attorney, said in an e-mail.

But the Starbucks/Costco/Whole Foods compromise would guarantee that both workers and employers could insist on a secret-ballot election--and would allow either workers or businesses to initiate a campaign to decertify a union through a secret-ballot election “just as employees and unions are presently able to initiate certification and decertification campaigns,” according to the compromise proposal.

In addition, the Starbucks-Costco-Whole Foods compromise would eliminate the EFCA’s provision requiring binding arbitration. But it would toughen penalties for companies that discriminate against workers for union organizing.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; cardcheck; efca; elca; godgap; karlmarxisnotmygod; religiousleft; secretballot; unions; workplace

1 posted on 05/20/2009 8:59:03 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

I wish we could send Harkin packing...sooner rather than later!!!


2 posted on 05/20/2009 9:01:17 AM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: Mr. Mojo

Given these people are bed buddies with the atheists, ACLU types, Christian haters, I have doubt their “prayers” were of much sincerity . . . more likely just a good photo op and news “story” for the masses


3 posted on 05/20/2009 9:01:51 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Mr. Mojo

I doubt it was a real prayer service. It was more like a big bargainfest with God.


4 posted on 05/20/2009 9:03:08 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Liberals Hold Prayer Breakfast...

Huh?
That doesn't compute. There must have been cameras around.

5 posted on 05/20/2009 9:03:50 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Prayers to Satan, no doubt.


6 posted on 05/20/2009 9:04:56 AM PDT by cblue55
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To: grobdriver

When did Jesus preach about Trade Unions?


7 posted on 05/20/2009 9:06:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Mr. Mojo

“Faith Leaders for Workplace Fairness—a coalition of liberal religious groups”

What a name. The Democrats’ 2006 strategery to co-opt religion and “win” elections seems to be working.


8 posted on 05/20/2009 9:07:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (If you like the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the IRS, and the Post Office, you'll love govt Health Care)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I think I just threw up a little in my mouth...


9 posted on 05/20/2009 9:07:04 AM PDT by 14erClimb (Third world hell hole status, here we come!)
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To: massgopguy

Unions seem to “covet thy neighbors goods”, don’t they?


10 posted on 05/20/2009 9:07:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: freekitty

Did they sing from the pages of Das Kapital?


11 posted on 05/20/2009 9:07:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (If you like the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the IRS, and the Post Office, you'll love govt Health Care)
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To: massgopguy

Zec 11:7

“So I pastured the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I pastured the flock.”

(NIV version)


12 posted on 05/20/2009 9:11:42 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Mr. Mojo

God will not be mocked.


13 posted on 05/20/2009 9:12:27 AM PDT by cblue55
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To: Mr. Mojo

Looked desperately for /sarc/ or satire tag. . .


14 posted on 05/20/2009 9:12:46 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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To: Mr. Mojo

These religious extremists will be the death of the Democrat Party!

How can they hope to win elections while mixing politics and religion?


15 posted on 05/20/2009 9:13:14 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: a fool in paradise

a coalition of liberal religious groups”

I didn’t think there was such a thing. Do they believe in abortion? Men having sex with men? Stem cell research? This is a litmus test for Christians - do they pass?


16 posted on 05/20/2009 9:13:55 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Mr. Mojo
multicultural choir music
Well, isn't that special.

17 posted on 05/20/2009 9:14:51 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: freekitty; tx_eggman

Transcript:

Chaplain: Let us praise God. O Lord...
Congregation: O Lord...
Chaplain: ...Ooh, You are so big...
Congregation: ...ooh, You are so big...
Chaplain: ...So absolutely huge.
Congregation: ...So absolutely huge.
Chaplain: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here, I can tell You.
Congregation: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here, I can tell You.
Chaplain: Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and...
Congregation: And barefaced flattery.
Chaplain: But You are so strong and, well, just so super.
Congregation: Fantastic.
Pelosi: Amen.
Congregation: Amen.

Chaplain: [singing] Oh Lord, please don’t burn us/Don’t grill or toast your flock/Don’t put us on the barbecue/Or simmer us in stock/Don’t braise or bake or boil us/Or stir-fry us in a wok/Oh please don’t lightly poach us/Or baste us with hot fat/Don’t fricassee or roast us/Or boil us in a vat/And please don’t stick thy servants Lord/In a Rotiss-o-mat.


18 posted on 05/20/2009 9:15:27 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: Mr. Mojo

This should be on the list of UNANSWERED prayers!


19 posted on 05/20/2009 9:18:36 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: Mr. Mojo

They actually prayed for fellow citizens to lose their freedom. And they expect to be blessed for this. Progressivism is a psychosis.


20 posted on 05/20/2009 9:22:49 AM PDT by tanuki (The only color of a leader that should matter is the color of his spine.)
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To: SpinnerWebb
LOL !!!!

Excellent.

21 posted on 05/20/2009 9:23:52 AM PDT by investigateworld ( Abortion stops a beating heart.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

What happened to the principle of separation of church and dictatorship?


22 posted on 05/20/2009 9:38:11 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Ayers Lied, People Died. No Justice, No Peace.)
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To: a fool in paradise

They sang the Hymn of the Soviet Union.


23 posted on 05/20/2009 9:44:02 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (Minnesota - You all can go to hell. I'm going to Texas.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

The thing about these Liberal churches is that communism doesn’t bother them one iota. They really don’t care about it and honestly think they could continue to do what they do under communist rule.

If I had just one wish I would wish that all these Liberal churches move to China for just one year. Those that survived I would welcome back with open arms.


24 posted on 05/20/2009 9:54:35 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Putin warned Obama not to pursue Marxism. Obama has ignored him.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Employee Free Choice Act is part of the Communists take over of America.


25 posted on 05/20/2009 9:55:34 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yep, because they don’t know what a prayer meeting is.


26 posted on 05/20/2009 11:42:17 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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