Perhaps providing EFCA’s critics a prime example of the type of deception card-check organizing can subject workers to, The Hill reports that American Rights at Work is "using tags on Twitter to con opponents of the legislation into signing a petition supporting it." According to The Hill:
The misleading campaign first showed up on Saturday, when EFCANow posted to its Twitter account: "Join @newtgingrich @sanuzis in signing the EFCA Freedom Not Fear petition," followed by a website.
Since Saturday, nearly a dozen entries into the group’s Twitter feed mention Gingrich, the general chairman of American Solutions, and Anuzis, who heads American Solutions’ anti-EFCA campaign.
Elsewhere, the article notes:
Twitter has become a popular platform for groups on both sides of EFCA — also called card-check — debate. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), AFL-CIO and Communications Workers of America are all using the site to send brief messages to supporters, while those opposed to the bill are rallying their troops as well.
A final interesting political tidbit via The Hill, but apparently reported initially via Twitter:
SEIU chief Andy Stern on Sunday used his Twitter account to call Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) "impressive" and to reveal that he would meet with Sestak on Monday.
Sestak is considering challenging Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who bolted the Republican Party last week, in next year’s Democratic primary. Though unions have held out hope that the new Democrat will change his mind, Specter has said he will not vote for EFCA. Sestak is an original co-sponsor of the bill.
Of course, Rep. Sestak (D-PA) is also one of the first to have introduced an alternative to EFCA. On March 5th, with little fanfare or attention, he introduced the National Labor Relations Modernization Act (H.R. 1355). This law would:
- provide for mandatory arbitration following a 120-day mediation period, if after an initial 120 days of bargaining failed to result in an agreement;
- increase penalties against employers (similarly to EFCA’s proposed changes); and
- require an employer to provide equal access to the employees to union organizers once an election is ordered.
So, it would seem both these men have at times supported EFCA, and also recognized the potential for some alternative labor law reform proposals. It should make for interesting primary season discourse, to say the least.