In today’s New York Times, Steven Greenhouse reports:
If an index is needed for how much closer organized labor is to President Obama than to his predecessor, it might be the number of times Mr. Sweeney, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s president, has visited the White House since Inauguration Day — at least once a week for receptions, bill signings and a meeting on fiscal responsibility.
Mr. Obama has delighted labor by issuing four pro-labor executive orders that reversed Bush policies. He has also appointed a union-friendly chairwoman to the National Labor Relations Board and named a labor secretary whose parents were both union members.
But those changes worry corporate America, especially as Mr. Obama has signaled he will push for legislation that would expand labor’s thinned ranks by making it far easier to unionize workers. Labor leaders expect Vice President Joseph Biden to spell out the administration’s battle plans for the bill on Thursday, when he is scheduled to speak at the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s winter meeting in Miami Beach.
At NAM’s ShopFloor.org, Carter Wood keenly observes:
…that’s good, descriptive writing by the Times’ reporter. The journalistic shorthand for the Employee Free Choice Act is frequently, “a bill that would make it easier to form a union.” But that doesn’t really tell the story. Steven Greenhouse adds explanatory motive and a strengthening “far” in his description: “legislation that would expand labor’s thinned ranks by making it far easier to unionize workers.”
Elsewhere, the Times piece suggests EFCA may come up for a vote in "May, June or July," and asserts that union leadership is "confident" that it will come up with 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.