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More About the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act (S. 2402)

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Legislation, Legislative Strategy, NLRA, Remedies, Unions
Here is the text of the bill. Here is our red-lined version of the NLRA incorporating the revisions proposed by the bill. Here is the AFL-CIO blog post urging its passage. Here is Richard Trumka’s blog piece in The Hill today. Here is a Fact Sheet provided by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA). Collected media coverage:… Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Seeks to Change Federal Contracting Rules to Disqualify Employers with Labor Law Violations

Posted in Corporate Campaigns, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, Legislative Strategy, Senate
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, unveiled a Committee report, taking direct regulatory aim at the nation’s federal government contractors. The Senator proclaimed that "[s]ome of the nation’s largest federal contractors fail to pay their workers the wages they have earned or provide… Continue Reading

@LRToday Morning Round-Up: July 12, 2013

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy, Media Round-Up, NLRB Misc., Unions
House Dems Blast Senate GOP Over Board Nominees: NBC News reports that Democratic House Members Linda Sanchez (CA) and Joe Courtney (CT) participated in a teleconference yesterday and strongly urged Senate Republicans not to filibuster President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The House members took particular issue with what the believed to be Senate "game-playing" at the expense of… Continue Reading

AFL-CIO President: EFCA, Change To Win Reunion Not Dead Issues

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy
Politico‘s Ben Smith on AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today: AFL-CIO President said the Employee Free Choice Act, which had apparently been left for dead by congressional Democrats, remains a top priority of the federation. The AFL removed a giant EFCA banner from its Washington headquarters today, prompting speculation of a quiet concession of defeat. "It… Continue Reading

SEIU’s Anna Burger Suggests Reconciliation, NLRB Rule-Making to Push EFCA

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, EFCA, Expedited Elections, House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy, Senate
Following Andy Stern’s surprising announcement that he would step down as President of SEIU, his protege, Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and California-based labor leader, Mary Kay Henry seek to succeed him.  This weekend, in a memorandum to the union’s International Executive Board, Ms. Burger laid out her vision for the priorities she would have the union pursue.  Listed within the first: Use… Continue Reading

Sen. McCaskill: Senate Unlikely to Raise EFCA Again in 2010; “Card Check Provision Abandoned”

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Senate
The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room today reports that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has told local Missouri journalists that the Employee Free Choice Act is unlikely to be addressed in the Senate in 2010:  "I don’t think that card check is going to come up," McCaskill said during a weekly conference call with Missouri journalists. "It has not come… Continue Reading

FDL: Jane Hamsher on White House, Reid, Specter and EFCA’s Politics

Posted in EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Senate, White House
At FireDogLake, Jane Hamsher asks "What Happened to the Employee Free Choice Act?"  Her post is her view of the recent political history of the legislative proposal.  Her introduction provides some summary: The fate of  the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) over the course of the past year and a half has been largely determined… Continue Reading

New Republic: President Should Recess Appoint Becker “To Mollify Unions”

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Senate, White House
Online today, NPR carries a piece from the New Republic’s John B. Judis entitled "Obama’s Hinge Moment."  It is a partisan piece, but generally accurate in the facts the author includes.  His argument: President Obama should recess appoint Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board to embolden labor unions.  In describing the prolonged history of Mr. Becker’s stalled… Continue Reading

Politico: Proponents Still Pushing EFCA

Posted in EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Media Round-Up, Senate, White House
Ben Smith writes in Politico of EFCA and other legislative initiatives, "Issues tabled, left still professes hope": The Obama White House has, through administrative action, done much to satisfy groups of supporters. The president has made record-breaking numbers of senior Hispanic appointments, for instance, and reinvigorated the agency that regulates workplace safety, a labor priority. But… Continue Reading

Meyerson in WaPo: EFCA is Dead

Posted in EFCA, Expedited Elections, Filibuster, Legislative Strategy, NLRB, Senate, White House
The morning after the cloture vote failed on the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board, harsh observations regarding EFCA’s prospects from Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson: "Under Obama, labor should have made more progress".  Calling the Obama administration’s first year an "unmitigated disaster" for labor, Meyerson writes: For the unions, the Senate’s inability to pass… Continue Reading

Pundits Continue To Weigh In On Becker Nomination, EFCA Angle

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Card Check, EFCA, Filibuster, Legislative Strategy, Senate
In advance of a probable filibuster (with growing support) over Craig Becker’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board, Glen Spencer of the U.S. Chamber’s Workforce Freedom Initiative and former Clinton-Gore advisor Peter Mirijanian swapped commentary on Fox News earlier today: Watch the latest news video at video.foxnews.com The anchor led with the angle that… 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

WSJ: Labor Leaders Assess EFCA’s Prospects After Brown Election in MA

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Legislative Strategy, Senate
Thursday’s Wall Street Journal reported that labor leaders met by phone to assess the impact of Wednesday’s election in Massachusetts.   The loss of the crucial 60th Democratic vote in the Senate and another major election cycle in 2010 are certain to affect Labor’s legislative agenda, including its pursuit of the Employee Free Choice Act: Tuesday’s win by Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts… Continue Reading

Pelosi: House Will Wait For Senate on Controversial Votes in 2010

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy, Senate
Yesterday, Politico suggested that supporters of EFCA might find some renewed sense of optimism as Congress moves beyond the healthcare debate in 2010.  That optimism was equally reflected in AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s declaration that the labor movement "will pass EFCA." Today, however, The Hill is reporting on an interesting legislative strategy development regarding the House 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

Sen. Bayh (D-IN) Doubts EFCA Will Contain Binding Arbitration

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Senate
Columnist Brian A. Howey published a full-length interview with Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) at his Howey Politics Indiana (HPI) site.  Months ago, we noted Senator Bayh’s formation of the "Practicality Caucus" and speculated that groups of moderates would likely seek to change the debate over EFCA.  It seems that remains a strong possibility: HPI: Where are you on 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

NY Times: Sweeney, Trumka and Bonior on Card Check and EFCA

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Special Interests
In today’s New York Times, labor reporter Steven Greenhouse has a piece compiling comment from various recent interviews with prominent American labor leaders on the status of the Employee Free Choice Act.  From a talk with AFL-CIO President John Sweeney: In an interview, John J. Sweeney, the federation’s president, said he would accept a fast election campaign… Continue Reading