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More About Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Card Check Proposal

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Legislation, NLRA, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
On Tuesday, presidential candidate and current Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he, and ten Senate co-sponsors, would introduce the Workplace Democracy Act (S. 2142). The bill — a verbatim reiteration of two provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act in the 110th & 111th Congresses — would: certify a union as the exclusive bargaining… Continue Reading

Senator Sanders (I/D-VT) Re-Introduces Employee Free Choice Act

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, House of Representatives, Interest Arbitration, Legislation, NLRA, Remedies, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
At a press conference on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced that he and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) would introduce the “Workplace Democracy Act” (S. 2142, H.R. 3690). This bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to facilitate union organizing by requiring certification based on “card check” —… Continue Reading

Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision and Unionization

Posted in Interest Arbitration, Media Round-Up, NLRA, NLRB, SCOTUS
Ned Resnikoff has a piece today at MSNBC.com opining that the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., will provide employers a means of avoiding unionization: By declaring that “closely held” corporations may hold religious beliefs, the court may have provided businesses with a new tool for crushing workplace unionization drives. In addition… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: September 24, 2013

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Interest Arbitration, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, State/Local Issues, Unions
8th Circuit Sides With NFL Union: David McAfee of Law 360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling and sided with the NFL Players’ Union in a dispute with a purported class of NFL Retirees.  The retirees had claimed that the players union had unfairly provided for them in the most recent collective bargaining agreement… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: August 30, 2013

Posted in Interest Arbitration, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, State/Local Issues, Unions
Fast-Food Workers Hit the Pickets: Alex Rogers at Time Magazine reports that yesterday, fast-food employees across the country walked off the job in protest against what they believe to be substandard wages and working conditions.  The protests, backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), have taken place all year, but yesterday’s coordinated action is thought… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: June 18, 2013

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, Interest Arbitration, Media Round-Up, Negotiations, NLRB Misc., Representation Elections, Unions
D.C. Circuit Hears that Board Is Playing By Its Own Rules: Ben James at Law360 ($$) writes that last Friday, several parties filed a joint brief in the D.C. Circuit, arguing that the National Labor Relations Board is acting in direct contravention of the Circuit’s January Noel Canning ruling. Santa Fe Tortilla, Encino Hospital, and Jeannette… Continue Reading

Media Round-Up: May 4, 2010

Posted in EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Senate
In The Hill, Kevin Bogardus reports that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has repeated his recent assertion that proponents will secure a vote on EFCA this year, even if by tacking it on to unrelated legislation: One victory that has eluded the AFL-CIO so far is seeing the Employee Free Choice Act signed into law. Unions have struggled to… Continue Reading

Could Pieces Of EFCA Find Way Into Jobs Bill?

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, Remedies, Senate
As prospects for Senate passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, in its current form, have waned, observers have turned their attention to alternative ways in which the bill’s components might be implemented.  The possibility attracting the most commentary lately has been the prospect of a new National Labor Relations Board majority, sympathetic to organized labor,… Continue Reading

Debate Over Becker Nomination, Potential Impact of EFCA Provisions, Continues

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, NLRB, Remedies, Senate, White House
The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled for an executive session tomorrow to consider pending nominations by the President.  The Hill reports today, however,  that a spokeswoman for HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the Committee will not be considering the re-nomination of Craig Becker to the NLRB this week.  Nonetheless, business groups continue to ramp up their opposition to… Continue Reading

Bloomberg News: Retailers Restate Reservations About EFCA as 2010 Approaches

Posted in EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Remedies
Bloomberg News today runs a report "‘Stay Union-Free’ Pushed by Target, Michaels as Obama Law Looms."  There is no real new information in the piece, but the following passages refer to the current approach of the retailers mentioned in the headline:   Minneapolis-based Target, the second-biggest U.S. discount retailer, updated its anti-union video for employee training to explain the consequences of… Continue Reading

EFCA Debate Likely to Resume in 2010

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, Remedies, Senate
Back in August, AFL-CIO President (then Treasurer-Secretary) Richard Trumka told a webchat audience that efforts to pass the Employee Free Choice Act would probably not advance any further until after Congress was through with healthcare reform.  As the debate over the healthcare legislation soldiers on, Tuesday’s Politico noted "For labor, there’s always next year": To be sure, health care reform has… Continue Reading

Canadian Labour Journal Seeks To Rebut EFCA Opponents Criticisms Of Canadian Experience

Posted in EFCA, Interest Arbitration
Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society is published by York University’s Centre for Research on Work and Society (CRWS).  An editorial committee of academics and union officials puts the journal out a few times a year.  The most recent edition is dedicated entirely to the Employee Free Choice Act, and more specifically, the representation of the Canadian card check… Continue Reading

The Hill: Dem Senators Back Off Specter’s Announcement of EFCA Deal

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Filibuster, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, Remedies, Senate
Kevin Bogardus of The Hill remains one of the most active reporters on the status of the Employee Free Choice Act.  His piece this morning compiles the commentary of numerous Democrat lawmakers seeking to mitigate Senator Arlen Specter’s (D-PA) assurances to the AFL-CIO that an alternative EFCA bill had been finalized and would pass in 2009. … Continue Reading

Senator Specter to AFL-CIO: We’ll Pass Bill For Quick Elections, Union Access, Baseball Arbitration and Triple Penalties Against Employers in 2009

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Filibuster, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy, Remedies, Senate, Special Interests
During the past few days a virtual parade of high-ranking Democrats have addressed the AFL-CIO constitutional convention to pledge support for organized labor and the Employee Free Choice Act.  President Obama, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have all spoken to the assembled union… Continue Reading

Citizen to Senator Specter: “That’s High Pressure Salesmanship”

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Legislative Strategy
While Healthcare Reform seems to be dominating both the news cycle and the public consciousness recently, there are apparently still at least a few citizens concerned about EFCA.  At a town hall meeting earlier today, Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) was met by a man who passionately expressed frustrations about EFCA.  (See video below.)  The Senator’s… Continue Reading

Former NLRB Chairman Gould Calls For Increased Penalties, Quicker Elections and Limited Arbitration, While Criticizing Current Version of EFCA

Posted in EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, NLRB, Remedies
On July 22, 2009, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) entered an extension of remarks into the Congressional Record in support of the Employee Free Choice Act.  Rep. Lofgren submitted a July 20, 2009 speech by former NLRB Chairman William B. Gould IV to the 58th Annual Conference of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies. Chairman Gould… Continue Reading

More on Card Check “Lite” from Commentary, kausfiles and ShopFloor

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration
More following Friday’s New York Times report that Senate Dems are considering dropping card-check from EFCA, but retaining the troubling mandatory interest arbitration provision.  At Commentary, Jennifer Rubin continues her coverage of EFCA developments, expressing skepticism that any such "compromise" would fly:  If there is such a deal, those Red state Democrats will be back on… Continue Reading

AFL-CIO Official Undermines Argument for Card Check, Mandatory Arbitration

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration
Today’s Chamberpost blog carries commentary on a series of somewhat embarassing admissions by the Director of Collective Bargaining for the AFL-CIO that undermine the coalition’s main talking points in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act: … According to Daily Labor Report, the labor conglomerate’s director of collective bargaining, Gordon Pavy, told a policy forum that the… Continue Reading

Sen. Specter Tells PA Dem Committee, Labor: “You’ll Like My Vote”

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration
The latest on EFCA swing-vote Sen. Arlen Specter via the Allentown Morning Call‘s Pennsylvania Avenue blog: Sen. Arlen Specter, addressing a crowd of union activists outside of the Democratic Committee meeting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, urged them to look at the breadth of his job-producing past and votes alongside labor when considering who they’ll back… Continue Reading

WSJ: Senator Specter Floats Alternative Proposals

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Senate
The Wall Street Journal reports that Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) is testing the waters by suggesting two possible alternative components to the Employee Free Choice Act: Under a potential compromise on the contentious subject of secret-ballot elections, workers could mail in ballots during union elections instead of the bill’s current provision in which workers would… Continue Reading

More on EFCA’s Mandatory Interest Arbitration

Posted in EFCA, Interest Arbitration
More comment from around the web regarding today’s news that Senator Harkin’s (D-IA) EFCA compromise efforts appear to maintain some form of mandatory interest arbitration in the bill.  Elsewhere in today’s Wall Street Journal, former Senator George McGovern expands upon his previously stated opposition to EFCA, taking exception to the arbitration provisions: My perspective on the so-called Employee… Continue Reading

WSJ: Sen. Harkin Shopping EFCA Compromise; 21-Day Elections, More Mediation

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Expedited Elections, Interest Arbitration, Senate
The Wall Street Journal reports that Senators are busy working on a compromise version of EFCA that would drop the bill’s card-check provision in favor of an expedited secret ballot election process.  The report indicates: Compromise talks are being led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate. Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for Mr.… Continue Reading