And if the legislative path is blocked, there’s always the regulatory/administrative approach. As we’ve noted previously, one of President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board is Craig Becker, an SEIU counsel who contends the NLRB can prevent employer involvement when a union seeks to organize the business. Becker is a fervent supporter of the Employee Free Choice Act and card check’s elimination of secret ballot elections.
Among the notable quotables highlighted by ShopFloor:
“It’s kind of now or never for them,” said Brett McMahon, vice president of Miller & Long, a concrete subcontractor and a member of Associated Builders and Contractors. “If the chances are [lower] now to get something done, they may become truly impossible in the next Congress.”
The battle over nominations to the NLRB, even more than EFCA, may be what really determines the extent of labor’s gains under Obama. Should Obama persevere and see his nominations confirmed, there is reason to believe that much of what organized labor hopes to accomplish via EFCA will be realized through the rule-making power of the NLRB.