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  • George McGovern hospitalized in South Dakota

    10/25/2011 7:32:55 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    google.com ^ | 10/25/2011 | DIRK LAMMERS
    Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern has been hospitalized for fatigue in South Dakota, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday. Jullie Ward, a spokeswoman for Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, said the 89-year-old former senator from South Dakota was admitted to the Sioux Falls hospital for fatigue after completing a lecture tour. McGovern, a South Dakota congressman from 1957 to 1961 and U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981, ran for president against incumbent Richard Nixon in 1972 and lost in a historic landslide. He ran for president three times, making a try for the nomination in 1968 and 1984 in...
  • Lawyer: Obama Uses Regulations to Overriding Congress’ Labor Vote

    08/03/2011 9:58:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    moneynews ^ | 03 Aug 2011 | Forrest Jones
    A bipartisan Senate vote to kill the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would have eliminated secret ballots in union elections, is (now) becoming reality ... the measure, which also would have increased penalties on employers (but not unions) for violating the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Big Labor Seeks To Force Unionization; Congress Must Step Forward

    07/26/2011 9:13:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2011 | Fred Wszolek
    For those who may have written off Big Labor’s agenda after they failed to push the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) through Congress last year, they may want to take a careful look at the actions being undertaken by President Obama’s Administration and they’ll quickly find that the job-killing movement is alive and well. In fact, EFCA has been resurrected in three specific changes being advanced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor (DoL). And this should not be a surprise to anyone, as union bosses have been very clear that they expect Obama to pay...
  • NLRB Rule Would Burden Employers with Fast-Track Union Elections

    06/28/2011 3:03:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 28, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
    Union leaders, frustrated over their inability to sway Congress, more than ever are relying upon the National Labor Relations Board to enact stealth legislation. The board, now with a Democratic majority, seems willing to oblige them. Case in point: an NLRB proposal announced last Tuesday, June 21, and published in the Federal Register the next day, to substantially reduce the duration of election campaigns for union representation. While the board touts the regulation as an overdue streamlining of an inefficient system, its covert motive, say critics, is to hamstring employer opposition. That's because such campaigns typically begin months in...
  • NLRB Shills for Card Check

    01/17/2011 11:18:18 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2011 | Geoffrey Burr
    Amidst a week of major events dominating the news landscape, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dropped a bomb last Friday afternoon.  Apparently, the NLRB felt the need to flex some muscle and has threatened to sue four states over laws passed by voter referendum in November.  The laws in question would guarantee workers the right to a secret ballot when deciding whether or not to join a union. NLRB's actions are a naked attempt to protect Big Labor's favorite organizing tool -- card check --  which also is a key component of the widely unpopular and job-killing Employee Free Choice Act.  Under...
  • As America Votes, Obama Angling to Take Vote Away From Workers

    11/01/2010 9:50:58 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 16 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/01/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    As Americans prepare to head to the polls to exercise their right to a secret ballot on election day, the Obama administration is poised to roll back that right in the workplace. By Obama’s orders, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is looking over a policy change that would undermine the protections for a worker’s right to a secret ballot vote in union elections in the workplace. This elimination of a secret ballot is one of the policy changes that Big Labor has been pushing for several years now and is a chief component of the Employee Free Choice Act...
  • Union 'Card Check' a Smokescreen for Lame Duck Pension Bailout (more generational theft)

    10/29/2010 7:16:15 AM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | Friday, October 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Big Labor is pouring money into two Democratic U.S. Senate races, attempting to secure a union pension bailout during a lame duck session of Congress. As previously reported on HUMAN EVENTS, new Federal Accounting Standards Board rules set to take effect on Dec. 15 threaten to shake up unions and the businesses entangled in multi-employer union pension plans that have been mismanaged and underfunded well before the 2008 financial upheaval. The economic downturn has only exacerbated the problem. Recent reports show hundreds of thousands of dollars in union cash pouring into races for Democratic Senate candidates Michael Bennet and Joe...
  • EFCA Supporters Head for the Hills

    10/25/2010 6:25:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2010 | Katie Gage
    As we approach Election Day, it’s worthwhile to reflect on what has taken place over the course of the last two years. In November 2008, Big Labor was licking its chops anticipating passage of arguably the most significant change in labor law in American history. The bail out to union bosses known as the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) was imminent after Big Labor dropped nearly half a billion dollars getting the current administration and Congressional leadership elected. Yet, today, President Obama and labor bosses have lost support on their forced unionization agenda both with the electorate and in Congress....
  • Union Bosses & Their Supporters On Capitol Hill Put The Lame In Lame Duck

    08/29/2010 5:06:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2010 | Katie Gage
    As if Big Labor hasn’t already squeezed enough out of Congress with payoffs upon payoffs, they are now positioning themselves for one last-ditch effort to achieve the mother of all gifts, the job-killing Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA). One of the biggest impediments to economic recovery is the uneasy feeling small businesses and employers are sensing across the country. Over the past 18 months, President Obama and some Members of Congress have injected a large measure of uncertainty into the economy through the introduction of controversial new laws, contentious administration appointments and deeply disturbing Executive Orders favoring political donors like...
  • Video: AFL-CIO President Talks About Passing "Card Check" During the Lame Duck Session of Congress

    08/12/2010 1:33:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/11/2010 | CSPAN
    During C-SPAN Newsmakers interview (8-8-10), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka comments on the importance of the Employee Free Choice Act, saying "it's part of the solution to creating an economy that really does work for everybody." He also said he thinks EFCA will be back on the floor by the end of the year.
  • Obama, Speaking to AFL-CIO, Calls for Dumping Secret Ballots in Union Elections

    08/05/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 5, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, seeking to rally support for embattled Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, on Wednesday pledged his support for a card check bill, which would eliminate secret ballots in elections to unionize workplaces. Obama told the AFL-CIO Executive Council that his administration has taken many measures to help union workers and move the beleaguered economy in the right direction.  “We passed the Fair Pay Act to help put a stop to pay discrimination,” Obama told the union leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday. “We’ve reversed the executive orders of the last administration that were designed to...
  • Fox News: Pelosi calling House back in session to pass Card Check, bail-out California

    08/04/2010 1:11:45 PM PDT · by pabianice · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News Channel | 8/4/10
    Just headline so far. Did you really think Mad Dog Pelosi would rest? Awaiting similar news from Reid.
  • Why Democrats are Pushing the $165 Billion Union Pension Bailout

    07/30/2010 9:22:30 AM PDT · by goldendays · 16 replies · 4+ views
    biggovernment.com ^ | 07/30/10 | LaborUnionReport
    Why Democrats are Pushing the $165 Billion Union Pension Bailout by LaborUnionReport Somewhere lurking in the hot, putrid halls of Congress this summer is a union bailout bill of epic proportions and long-term ramifications. Whether or not Democrats can ultimately push it (or something like it) into passage is yet to be determined. However, with rumors that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) signed on as a co-sponsor on Thursday, it would appear that the union bailout is quietly creeping along. If it passes, though, its ramifications surpass the mere $165 billion-plus price tag, as it will influence the political landscape for...
  • (VIDEO) Pelosi Says She Wants EFCA Passed Soon

    07/29/2010 1:39:09 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 6 replies · 1+ views
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed the Communications Workers of America, reaffirming her commitment to passing EFCA: “Of course we are committed in our party and we passed over and over again and we hope that it will be the law of the land soon, the Employer Free Choice Act.” Union pressure to pass EFCA, or the card-check bill, began in earnest over a year ago, but the legislation– at the time– took a back seat to the health-care reform and “cap-and-trade” energy bill debates. Under the proposed legislation, if union organizers can get a majority of workers to sign...
  • AFL-CIO Throwing in Towel on Card Check (Victory Literally in Sight?)

    05/03/2010 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Andrea19 · 4 replies · 432+ views
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 5/3/10 | Christopher Prandoni
    ...[T]he AFL-CIO removed the large banner supporting EFCA which had covered the corner of the building facing the White House for the past year or so...
  • How The Democrats Win in November

    03/23/2010 4:06:41 AM PDT · by eRtwngr · 29 replies · 1,052+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 3/23/2010 | eRtwngr
    So how do the Democrats hold onto power despite passing the wildly unpopular healthcare reform law? Do you think they'll just give up their majorities and the presidency and call it a day, proud of their accomplishment?
  • 'Restoring' Unions 'Right' to Bargain Collectively

    03/09/2010 12:17:34 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 92+ views
    Not long ago union advocate Stewart Acuff penned a piece for the Huffington website that was filled with soaring rhetoric about unions “creating the middle class” and pleading for voters to pressure Congress to pass the absurdly named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). He claimed that this piece of… legislation would “restore the right to form unions and bargain collectively.” Despite Acuff’s urgent pleading, however, he misses an elephant in the room. No one has taken anyone’s “right to collectively bargain” away from them. Of course that wasn’t the only thing that Acuff was factually incorrect about. Why is it...
  • AP: Unions Stymied Under Obama?

    03/01/2010 9:25:45 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies · 257+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 03/01/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Associated Press posted a story lamenting that Big Labor has failed so far to get Obama to heel by their commands. Big Labor has said "jump" and Obama has but skipped. The article is correct, though, that Big Labor has failed in its two biggest goals: socialist healthcare and card check. At least, they've failed so far. A third failure has also been forced upon Big Labor. As a result of newly seated Republican Senator Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, Big Labor was not able to install Craig Becker as the head of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)......
  • Whether It’s TSA Officers Or Small Business Workers,

    02/27/2010 5:05:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 282+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2010 | Katie Parker
    For the last several months, we have seen Big Labor pull every string and work every avenue to force unionization on workers. Whether it’s using the National Mediation Board (NMB) to change rules that have been in place for generations governing the airline and railroad industries, stacking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with radical nominees who will put forward the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act via administrative action, or whether its union bosses pushing forward with efforts to represent airport screeners, one thread runs throughout: an unquenchable thirst for money and power on the part of Big Labor bosses. The...
  • Members Only

    02/09/2010 4:45:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 249+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 9, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Labor Policy: And you thought card check legislation was dead? That certainly appeared to be the case last spring. But now there's talk of attaching it to a jobs bill. Dirty politics and lousy policy. Card check, known last year as the Employee Free Choice Act, is an attempt to fundamentally change the way unions organize. Under a card check law, a union would be certified if a simple majority of workers signed the cards that were used to gauge their interest in unionization. A follow-up vote through a secret ballot, the traditional method of certifying a union, would not...
  • AFL-CIO Boss Calls for Recess Appointment

    02/09/2010 4:06:45 PM PST · by coaltrain · 15 replies · 747+ views
    NRO ^ | 02/09/10 | Daniel Foster
    Major Garrett tweets this response from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka on the defeat of Craig Becker: "A Republican-led filibuster has put political interests over the needs of America’s working families," Trumka said. "We support President Obama’s expressed willingness to make recess appointments of critical posts in the federal government if that’s what it takes to get around minority delay and obstruction."
  • Defeat the EFCA and Card-Check

    02/09/2010 7:25:27 AM PST · by James H. Shott · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | February 9, 2010 | James H. Shott
    Still looming on the legislative horizon is something deceptively called the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, H.R. 800), the provisions of which will make it easier for union organizers to impose union representation on a group of workers by circumventing the current secret ballot method of deciding for or against union representation with an odious mechanism called “card check.” Secret ballot voting has been a feature in US elections for more than two centuries, and that includes union elections. However, if the EFCA were to become law, the federal government will have tilted the playing field toward labor unions by...
  • Tuesday's Biggest Loser: the Union Agenda - The GOP victories reveal fissures in the coalition...

    11/04/2009 6:55:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 823+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2009 | MICHAEL BARONE
    The GOP victories reveal fissures in the coalition that elected Barack Obama. If you were watching television on Tuesday night as the election returns came in showing Republicans capturing the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, you probably missed seeing the biggest losers of the evening. You may have caught the concession speech of Creigh Deeds, who ran 12% behind Barack Obama's winning percentage of the vote in Virginia, and that of Jon Corzine who, after spending over $100 million of his own money on three... --snip-- Instead, support evaporated as Democrats from places as dissimilar as Arkansas and California...
  • Useless Unions

    09/21/2009 8:50:24 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 238+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 21, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    Useless Unions by: Sarah Carlsruh, September 21, 2009 According to a recent ad campaign sponsored by American Rights at Work, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is all about “letting workers choose to join a union to earn better pay and benefits.” Yet Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Andrew Brown of the Hudson Institute disagree, referring to the “sorry state of unions” as a reason the organizations are embracing EFCA, which is currently pending in Congress. Their September 2009 study, Comparing Union-Sponsored and Private Pension Plans: How Safe Are Workers’ Retirements? states that “many of the major national unions advertise that union...
  • Is Union Favored Legislation ‘Racist’?

    09/17/2009 10:30:46 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 2 replies · 191+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/17/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Professor Harry G. Hutchison of George Mason University recently took a look at the union favored Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and made a startling conclusion. He believes it will harm minorities. Saying that the EFCA is “arguably the most transformative piece of labor legislation” since 1935, Hutchinson warns that it will seriously harm the rights of workers and the status of minorities alike. To start, Hutchinson summed up the provisions of the bill. One of the newest attempts to transform labor relations is the EFCA. The first to disappear under the EFCA would be a system of union democracy...
  • Federal Agency Fights Card Check For Its Own Employees

    09/11/2009 10:52:57 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 145+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/11/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    As the president and Congress considers passing the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) in which the “card check” feature is still a major provision, a federal agency is trying to prevent its own employees from using the card check practice to organize. The Legal Services Corp., a congressionally chartered, taxpayer-funded entity has hired legal counsel to try and prevent its employees in its oversight office from using the card check procedure to become unionized... Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
  • And You Thought This Was All About Health Care…

    09/10/2009 12:17:45 AM PDT · by mojitojoe · 12 replies · 715+ views
    biggovernment.com ^ | 9/10/2009 | Doug O'Brien
    The all-consuming debate over health care has effectively sucked all of the oxygen out of the policy world leaving little room for discussion, let alone action on other major elements of the progressive agenda—or so it would seem. The mammoth bills winding their way through Congress will certainly upend our health care sector, if they are enacted. Little known, however, are several provisions that will provide an enormous pay-off to one of the Democrat parties most loyal constituency—Big Labor.
  • Biden: Labor legislation to pass this year

    09/07/2009 5:47:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 948+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/7/09 | Eric Zimmermann
    Controversial legislation that would make it easier to organize unions will pass this year, Vice President Joe Biden said today. Appearing at a Labor Day rally in Pittsburgh, Biden praised the role of unions in building the middle class and said the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will make it through Congress before the end of the year, the Associated Press reports. That's a very optimistic timeline, considering that Democrats are already putting all their legislative muscle behind healthcare reform.
  • Teamsters Chief Says ‘Public Option’ Not Vital to Healthcare Reform

    09/07/2009 11:12:00 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies · 494+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    James P. Hoffa is now saying that if Obama pulls the "public option" out of his healthcare bill, it is not a deal killer as far as union support is concerned. Hoffa said that he was only interested in what was "doable" and that they need to "get something done… and declare a victory." Now let's take a look at these quotes from Mr. Hoffa, shall we? What does it mean if we aren't seeing obliged union support without integrity for Obama's healthcare coming from Hoffa's Teamsters? Hoffa is saying that he doesn't care at all what healthcare "reform" will...
  • Anti-democratic - Push to end secret union ballots is indefensible (Just say No to SB 789, aRnie)

    08/29/2009 5:56:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 580+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/29/09 | Editorial
    Some scholars squabble about the particulars, but there is no question that democracy's roots go back at least 2,500 years to practices developed in the Greek city-state of Athens. But the adoption of a key pillar of democracy — the secret ballot — came far more recently. In England in the 1830s, disenfranchised working-class men and sympathetic members of Parliament launched the Chartist movement. The most crucial of its six objectives was universal suffrage for all men over 21, but not far behind was the secret-ballot provision. It took decades, but eventually the secret ballot became the democratic norm —...
  • Union Disappointment: A "No" on Card Checks

    08/28/2009 6:23:58 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 5 replies · 382+ views
    Kiplinger Business Resource Center ^ | August 26, 2009 | Martha Lynn Craver
    Congress will likely deal unions a disappointment on labor law reform this year. Prospects are dimming for a vote in the Senate on legislation that would allow labor groups to organize via card signing campaign instead of a vote. The House of Representatives has not yet approved the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) but is expected to do so this session. The holdup is in the Senate. Although talks to craft a compromise, led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), continue behind the scenes, more-urgent legislation is threatening to push consideration of any compromise into next year. Health care reform is...
  • Senate Dems Are Against Secret Ballot for Unions... But Not Themselves

    08/20/2009 11:31:11 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 1 replies · 267+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/20/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    It has to be the ultimate hypocrisy, but the Democrat Party has been touting its support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a bill that would eliminate the secret ballot for potential union members, but recently decided that a secret ballot for Senators on whether or not to vote in committee chairmen is quite important. The hypocrisy is stark. I say again, even as Senate Democrats have found no reason to protect the democratic right of the secret ballot for union workers they’ve decided that it is a must for themselves when voting in or out Senate committee chairmen....
  • Specter & EFCA - Which is it?

    08/18/2009 8:42:26 AM PDT · by grace522 · 6 replies · 649+ views
    PAWatercooler ^ | 18 Aug 2009 | Alec Charyna
    In Senator Specter’s own words regarding EFCA and the Secret Ballot… One answer to the Senate, the same to Sunday shows, the same to a townhall last week. …. and then three days later a different to a liberal crowd in Pittsburgh. Which is it?
  • If You Think The Union Thugs Are Bad Now, Wait Until the Employee Free Choice Act Passes

    08/11/2009 5:35:57 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 12 replies · 492+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 8-10-09 | Duane Lester
    With the introduction of the unions, things have turned violent. Remember, it was Obama who encouraged his supporters to "get in their faces and argue" and the Democrats pledged to "punch them back twice as hard."Perhaps now you understand the danger of the Employee Free Choice Act. The AFL-CIO says they "need the Employee Free Choice Act." The SEIU says they "support the Employee Free Choice Act."But card-check, the portion of the bill that most found to be very dangerous, has been removed. So what's the danger?Imagine the folks above, the type who stomp people and smash cameras into people's...
  • Don’t Employers Deserve Free Speech? (Another downside to the misnamed ‘Free Choice Act.’)

    08/07/2009 10:57:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 299+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 7, 2009 | John S. Irving
    The debate over the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is being reframed now that the notorious “card check” provision—which would have taken away the right to secret ballots on union representation—will be pulled from the bill. Business groups and members of Congress on the fence will now come under tremendous pressure to support the act, although equally objectionable provisions, such as mandatory arbitration, remain. Yet there has been virtually no debate over the bill’s onerous and unprecedented penalties against employers who may fall afoul of vague National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules as workers try to unionize. These penalties will...
  • AFL-CIO Misleads that Industry Supports EFCA

    08/03/2009 9:24:29 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 78+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/03/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The AFL-CIO recently posted a story on its blog that tired to paint a “contractor's group” that is supporting the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) as if it were an industry group unconnected to unions and coming over to its side on the EFCA. Of course, the AFL-CIO blog sort of failed to mention that the "contractors" in question are solidly unionized. The truth is, it is not just a normal industry group but one solidly on the side of unions in the first place. The AFL-CIO blog points to the announcement of the Association of Union Masonry Contractors and...
  • Still Concerns With the Employee Free-Choice Act

    07/27/2009 1:09:15 PM PDT · by nateriver · 1 replies · 142+ views
    Despite rumors that the "card check" provision may be removed from EFCA, other clauses of this bill will still have a negative impact on the relationship between employers and employees. A few of the changes to the NLRA are neither the employer nor employee will have the right to turn down an arbitrator’s proposed contract. Also, all negotiation will not exceed 120 days of bargaining. Most contract negotiations go beyond 120 days. Maybe because unlike congress both parties read what they are signing!
  • Son Of Card Check

    07/22/2009 5:40:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 271+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 22, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Organized Labor: Card check may be a dead issue, but companies aren't yet free of the union threat. An anti-business provision of the perversely named Employee Free Choice Act is still under considerationIf the card check process were to become law, the traditional method for forming a union would be replaced with a pro-union system. In current practice, workers vote to either join the union or reject it through a secret ballot. A simple majority carries the vote. Under card check, a work force would become unionized if a simple majority signed the cards that are used to measure workers'...
  • Senators discuss removing card-check provision

    07/17/2009 1:31:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 387+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 17, 2009 | Kevin Bogardus
    A group of senators are discussing dropping a key provision in the card-check bill in order to win centrist support in the upper chamber. But congressional aides and union officials said no agreement has been hammered out yet on an alternative to a bill that is organized labor’s top legislative priority. They stressed that that every piece of the legislation is up for discussion in order to earn 60 votes to beat back a certain Senate filibuster. A report in The New York Times Thursday said senators led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) had decided to remove the card-check or...
  • Democrats Drop Key Part (card check) of Bill to Assist Unions (still has binding arbitration)

    07/17/2009 7:20:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 1,561+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2009 | Steven Greenhouse
    A half-dozen senators friendly to labor have decided to drop a central provision [card check] of a bill that would have made it easier to organize workers. ... In its place, several Senate and labor officials said, the revised bill would require shorter unionization campaigns and faster elections. ... Though some details remain to be worked out, under the expected revisions, union elections would have to be held within five or 10 days after 30 percent of workers signed cards favoring having a union. Currently, the campaigns often run two months. To further address labor’s concerns that the election process...
  • Rasmussen: Most American's Oppose Union's Card Check Ideas

    07/15/2009 6:31:48 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 7/15/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    One of the main premises of the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is the card check feature. This feature eliminates the right of potential union employees to have the benefit of a secret ballot when they vote for or against organizing under a union. Recently, Rasmussen did a poll on the basic concept to see what the prevailing feelings were and it looks like the union position comes out heavily on the losing end of the stats with this one. What’s more, most people agree with the Republican position that opposes the union’s... Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
  • Union leaders: Obama still firm on organizing bill

    07/13/2009 4:30:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies · 278+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | July 13, 2009 | By SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama told labor leaders Monday he remains committed to passage of legislation making it easier to form unions, but he did not offer any timeline. The Employee Free Choice Act — also known as "card check" — has been stalled for months as lawmakers work out a compromise that can satisfy several wavering Democrats. The union bill needs 60 votes to defeat an expected GOP filibuster in the Senate. "We believe his commitment to that is as strong now as it ever was," said Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America. "He said...
  • 30% Say It’s Okay To Form A Union Without A Secret Vote, 52% Disagree

    07/13/2009 2:26:27 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 1,196+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 13, 2009
    Thirty percent (30%) of Americans say it is fair to form a union without having a secret ballot vote if a majority of a company’s workers sign a card saying they want to unionize. But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of adults do not believe it is fair to form a union without a secret vote. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans believe it’s unfair to establish a union without a secret ballot. Democrats and adults not affiliated with either party are more closely divided, although pluralities of both groups...
  • [MN Senator] Franken Co-Sponsoring EFCA (AKA "Card Check" for union organizing)

    07/11/2009 1:10:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 794+ views
    The National Journal ^ | July 7, 2009 | Felicia Sonmez
    Less than six hours after he was sworn in as MN's junior senator and two hours after casting his first vote (against an amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced that he has already co-sponsored his first bill. "As of about a half an hour ago, I became the co-sponsor of my first piece of legislation in the Senate," Franken told a gathering at the AFL-CIO headquarters this evening. "And it's something called the Employee Free Choice Act." The fight over EFCA is highly-charged, and the battle is taking...
  • Play “What Is Card Check?” Game

    07/10/2009 1:33:43 PM PDT · by nateriver · 3 replies · 353+ views
    An interactive game about present day Organized Labor (Unions) push for doing away with the secret ballot and replacing it with public card signing. Play this interactive flash game to learn what life would be life if the so-called “Employee Freedom of Choice Act” passes and “card check” becomes the law of the land. Be sure to Contact Your Legislator Forward this link to your email forwards
  • Unions: We’re Better Off Without Them [Says Newsweek!]

    07/06/2009 9:34:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 1,341+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 06th 2009
    Unions: We’re Better Off Without Them How the Obama administration's push for the Employee Free Choice Act could cripple the backbone of the economy: small businesses. By Kevin Kelly | NEWSWEEK Published Jul 6, 2009 I got the call from my assistant just as I was getting seated on a plane with my family heading to Dallas for Thanksgiving. "I thought you better know this," she said with pain in her voice, "OHSA is here." Three words that would chill any business owner. Because if an Occupational Health and Safety Administration inspector shows up unannounced it means someone in your...
  • Union President Stern the Hand in Obama's Puppet?

    07/01/2009 6:35:08 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies · 406+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/01/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The L.A. Times had a very interesting piece last week on the unusually close relationship between Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and President Obama. The story revealed how Stern "enjoys unusual access to the White House," and how often Stern is invited to attend meetings the administration holds on policy even as other union heads are left out of the loop. The piece does cast some doubt on just how much clout Stern might have with Obama as several of the initiatives he has pushed hard for have yet to come to fruition -- but it should also...
  • Next Taxpayer Bailout Aimed At Failing Union Pensions

    06/29/2009 3:25:40 AM PDT · by nateriver · 7 replies · 555+ views
    Hundreds-of-thousands of multi-employer defined benefit union pensions are underfunded. The unions’ only hope is to force more and more companies to fund these massive failing pension plans. The companies will no longer be economically viable if they are forced by the government to fund these failing pension plans.
  • And Another Bad Part of the EFCA...

    06/24/2009 6:29:54 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 196+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 6/24/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Of course we've talked endlessly about the fact that the Democrat's Orwellian named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) eliminates the employee's free choice to vote for or against unionization using the ages-old democratic practice of a secret ballot. Who hasn't, right? In fact, we've talked about it so much that even Democrats are turning against this aspect of the act and this is one of the reasons that the bill has not been able to muster enough votes to get passed. So, we can mark that as a tentative victory. But there is more in this horrible legislation that needs...
  • Organized Labor Concedes: Employer Violations Rare in Secret Ballot Elections

    06/21/2009 8:35:44 PM PDT · by coachep95 · 4 replies · 250+ views
    Unions claim the Employee Free Choice Act aka Card Check is needed because employers intimidate workers during the voting process, however their own research proves the opposite. From the Heritage Foundation Organized labor argues that Congress should effectively take away workers’ right to vote in secret ballot elections because employers allegedly intimidate workers in the run-up to elections by firing and threatening to fire pro-union workers. However, a recently released study commissioned by two union-funded organizations, American Rights at Work and the Economic Policy Institute, shows that employers rarely break the law during organizing campaigns.