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  • No Labor Pains (Obama gives the go-ahead to card check to the AFL-CIO)

    03/03/2009 7:28:15 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 85 replies · 2,785+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | March 3, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Here are the remarks (as prepared for delivery) that President Barack Obama spoke via video to the AFL-CIO executive Council in Miami today. At the very end of the speech, Obama made what all of labor hoped and expected: a promise to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, or 'card-check' for short. Here goes:
  • Mickey Kaus: "Card Check" Not as Bad as Thought! It's Worse.

    02/28/2009 6:07:09 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 27 replies · 1,627+ views
    Slate ^ | 02/28/09 | Mickey Kaus
    In the "card check" bill, if a newly unionized employer can't reach an agreement with the new union, an arbitrator will step in and impose a two-year contract. I thought Jennifer Rubin must be wrong when she said that this arbitrator would be a government employee: snip But it turns out Rubin is right. Or at least she might be right. The arbitration parts of the card check bill are so vaguely drawn that nobody knows who the arbitrators will be. The job of appears to be delegated entirely to the Federal Mediation Service. The FMS might decide to use...
  • Secret Ballot Protection Act

    02/28/2009 4:37:46 AM PST · by tunedin · 11 replies · 483+ views
    Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after introducing the Secret Ballot Protection Act. The bill, authored by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), and Rep. Price, guarantees the right to a secret ballot to workers deciding whether to unionize. “The secret ballot is a pillar of American democracy,” said Rep. Price. “Unfortunately, congressional Democrats have said they are willing to throw the secret ballot aside in order to advance a political agenda and expand the influence of Big Labor in the workplace. Forcing a worker’s decision to be made public would open the door for coercive...
  • Bill to End Secret Ballots in Union Organizing Will Cost Blacks Says Black Chamber of Commerce

    02/26/2009 1:39:56 PM PST · by Scanian · 15 replies · 591+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 26, 2009 | Josiah Ryan,
    If a union-boosting bill is passed by Congress later this year, it could cost members of the African American community their jobs, members of a panel hosted by the National Black Chamber of Congress (NBCC) said at the National Press Club on Tuesday. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) or card check bill, is heavily favored by labor unions and their Democratic allies. The bill would give more leverage to union organizers by replacing the secret ballot with a system in which workers would openly sign a card saying they want to join a union. To unionize a workplace, fifty...
  • Fighting the Card Check bill

    02/26/2009 10:31:52 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 9 replies · 536+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 1/26/2009 | Connie Hair
    Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, and Mike Enzi (R-Wy.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Wednesday introduced in the Senate the Secret Ballot Protection Act (SBPA) -- legislation that would guarantee the right of every American worker to have a secret ballot election when deciding whether or not to unionize their workplace. Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the Republican Study Committee chair, John Kline (R-Minn.), and Buck McKeon (R-Ca.) introduced the House legislation with over 100 cosponsors, including minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). The bill would amend the National...
  • GOP Introduces Bill Mandating Secret-Ballot Union Elections (Stop Card Check - EFCA)

    02/25/2009 3:45:59 PM PST · by Fred · 3 replies · 629+ views
    Work Force ^ | 022509 | Mark Schoeff Jr.
    Capitol Hill Republicans threw the first legislative punch in the fight over union law on Wednesday, February 25. But Democrats could land a haymaker of their own later with a bill that is much more likely to obtain congressional approval. Members of the House and Senate GOP introduced a bill that would mandate secret-ballot elections to form a union. The measure is meant to counter a bill Democrats could debut any day that would make it easier for employees to organize. Called the Employee Free Choice Act, the Democratic bill would force companies to recognize unions when a majority of...
  • The Authoritarianism of American Labor Law

    02/20/2009 8:55:30 PM PST · by Delacon · 3 replies · 382+ views
    The Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | February 18, 2009 | George C. Leef
    American labor law is a dank miasma of special-interest legislation that tramples on the rights of some citizens in order to advance the interests of others. The main beneficiaries are labor-union officials who lobbied for and received extraordinary and unique powers from compliant politicians. The victims are business owners and workers who prefer to have nothing to do with unions. Even with their powers, however, union officials have seen a steady decline in the popularity of their product ever since the 1950s. The percentage of workers in the private sector who are unionized has fallen from 36 percent in 1953...
  • Card Check: Changing the Rules for Collective Bargaining

    02/20/2009 7:36:47 PM PST · by Delacon · 12 replies · 632+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | February 20, 2009 | Thomas P. Gies
    Whether the misleadingly named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)--known as "card check"--is introduced next week or next year, it remains the central political objective of organized labor. It was also championed as a domestic priority by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats during the 2008 campaign. The EFCA would undercut the idea of a secret ballot in unionization drives and guarantee mandatory arbitration of many initial collective bargaining agreements. Canada's experience with card check illustrates how it could further hobble the U.S. economy.Card check would replace the government-monitored secret ballot election procedure, the cornerstone of federal labor law since the...
  • US Congress: Pass Employee Free Choice Act [Orwellian]

    01/28/2009 9:24:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 614+ views
    Human Rights Watch ^ | January 27, 2009
    US Congress: Pass Employee Free Choice Act Proposed Law Protects Right to Organize, Bargain Collectively JANUARY 27, 2009 Download the report "The Employee Free Choice Act: A Human Rights Imperative" Weak US labor law effectively denies millions of workers the right to form a union and bargain collectively. Congress should bring worker protections closer to international standards by passing the Employee Free Choice Act. Carol Pier, senior researcher on labor rights and trade for Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) - US lawmakers should back a proposed law to strengthen protections for workers who are trying to organize a union and...
  • Secret Ballot at Risk

    01/16/2009 12:21:10 PM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 16, 2009 | Heather Latham
    Secret Ballot at Risk by: Heather Latham, January 16, 2009 Ernest Istook is a former Congressman from Oklahoma, a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and the Chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Save Our Secret Ballot. On January 13, 2009, Istook spoke at the Conservative Bloggers Briefing about the mission of Save Our Secret Ballot. Istook started, Intimidation and attempts to intimidate people is very real, and certainly, one of the areas which has a sad history is when it comes to union organizing tactics. He explained that Congress is preparing to vote on a bill entitled The...
  • Missouri Moves to Make Secret Ballot Required by Law

    01/03/2009 6:11:17 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 1/03/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will take away the secret ballot for potential union members and force them to openly declare their preferences for or against a union, causing that worker to be easily open to intimidation by union thugs. This is a law currently in the table in Congress, one that Barack Obama has pledged to push through regardless of how it eliminates one of the oldest democratic rights there is. But, now Missouri is trying to head off the possible federal enactment of "card check" (the provision that eliminates the secret ballot) by legislating that a...
  • States preparing to counter Employee Free Choice Act

    01/02/2009 1:25:15 PM PST · by clyde_m · 14 replies · 639+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 2, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    At least five states - Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada, and Utah - are working towards placing constitutional amendments on their 2010 ballots to override the anticipated federal action. State-level legislation would run into a program vis-a-vis federal legislation because of the Preemption Doctrine.
  • The Senate Goes Wobbly on Card Check

    01/02/2009 5:39:01 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 19 replies · 1,163+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2008 | Kimberly Strassel
    Responsibility has a way of focusing the mind. Take Mark Pryor, Democratic senator from Arkansas. In 2007, Mr. Pryor voted to move card check, Big Labor's No. 1 priority. And why not? Mr. Pryor knew the GOP would block the bill, which gets rid of secret ballots in union elections. Besides, his support helped guarantee labor wouldn't field a challenger to him in the primary. Postelection, Mr. Pryor isn't so committed. He's indicated he wouldn't co-sponsor the legislation again. He says he'd like to find common ground between labor and business. He is telling people the bill isn't on a...
  • Missouri Unions object to secret ballot proposal [Employee Free Choice Act]

    01/01/2009 12:21:46 PM PST · by rface · 7 replies · 1,272+ views
    The Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune ^ | 12.31.08 | JANESE HEAVIN
    Secret ballots would not only be guaranteed but required by Missouri law under a proposed constitutional amendment pitched yesterday. State Sen. John Loudon, a Republican from Ballwin and co-chairman of the so-called Save Our Secret Ballot, or S.O.S., initiative in Missouri, filed for a citizen initiative petition that would put the amendment on the 2010 ballot. ....[hope 2010 is not too late] The measure is essentially a pre-emptive strike against the Employee Free Choice Act being proposed on the federal level that, if approved, would allow workers to forgo the election process to unionize. Obama co-sponsored and voted for the...
  • Democrats Going Wobbly on Card Check

    12/22/2008 1:20:30 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 49 replies · 1,582+ views
    Red State ^ | December 22, 2008 | Brian Faughnan
    What accounts for the sudden decline in the fortunes of Americas labor unions? Wasnt it just a few weeks ago that labor leaders helped elect the most liberal chief executive in modern times? Even before hes sworn in, the debates over the automaker bailout and Card Check are making clear that as important as the White House is, you cant succeed if your policy goals are so unpopular that they have a hard time passing Congress. Weve seen how unpopular the UAW bailout is, and blackhedd today explains that the bailout debate may well dominate Barack Obamas first 100 days....
  • Green activists find new ally in US unions

    12/14/2008 8:31:40 PM PST · by hattend · 7 replies · 487+ views
    AP ^ | Sun Dec 14, 12:09 pm ET | VANESSA GERA
    POZNAN, Poland Some U.S. labor groups that have long feared environmental campaigns as a threat to American jobs are starting to see advantages in going green. This evolution was clear at this week's U.N. climate talks in Poland, where several American labor groups and environmental activists made joint appeals for policies that would promote high-tech renewable energy as the answer to both climate change and job losses.... snip ....Foster said unions and green groups have waged joint lobbying efforts nationwide for laws increasing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies, and they have teamed up for numerous court battles against...
  • Card-Checkocracy (Card Check - Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    12/03/2008 9:19:21 AM PST · by Fred · 4 replies · 891+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 120308 | Opinion
    Organized labor helped elect Barack Obama and now eagerly awaits his promised support for its top prioritya bill that would make it easier to set up union locals. The Employee Free Choice Act would allow unions to create local bargaining units without winning the vote of a majority of workers in a secret ballot. The local unit would be certified if a majority of workers endorsed it by signing an authorization card handed out by union organizers. Fair enough? Not really. The so-called card-check bill would not protect workers and it would not be "free choice." It would strip away...
  • Will Southern Dems Torpedo Themselves By Voting Card Check?

    11/28/2008 9:53:50 AM PST · by Jay777 · 7 replies · 532+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 28 Nov 08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Politico has some interesting analysis on the purported divisions among Democrats going into the future. They may have majority control of Congress on its face, but do they have enough of a controlling majority to push through some of their most egregiously extreme measures like the pro-union card check idea contained in the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)? According to Politico the "fault lines" in the Democratic caucus are soon to be revealed. Unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can whip their caucuses into unity, numerous fault lines will be revealed: Southern Democrats...
  • KISS YOUR JOB GOODBYE

    11/25/2008 6:20:28 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 73 replies · 2,708+ views
    NEALZ NUZE ^ | November 25, 2008 | NEAL BOORTZ
    My God! The unions are actually going to pull this one off! Their unionization-by-intimidation bill is actually going to pass! Now just ask yourself .. what would you do if you were an employer and you felt that the Democrats were on the verge of passing the union's "card check" bill. Well .. I'll tell you what I would do. I would be looking at any automation that I could find that would reduce my workforce. I would then go with all of the offshore options I could find that would allow me to get rid of more employees. Then...
  • There's no 'free choice' in Employee Free Choice Act (Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    11/25/2008 2:35:05 AM PST · by Fred · 8 replies · 1,147+ views
    Regarding Dr. John David's commentary, "Make it Easier to Unionize Workplace": Labor unions certainly have their place in a contemporary American economy, but not at the expense of employee free choice and economic security. Indeed, the Employee Free Choice Act would severely erode the freedom enjoyed by employees for nearly 75 years to make a private, fully-informed decision about whether or not they want a union to represent them. Too often, the losing party in a union election - the company or the union - blames its loss on the opposing party's "coercive and underhanded" tactics. In reality though, the...