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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

President Obama Remarks on Need for Compromise on EFCA

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Special Interests, White House
Earlier today, USA Today reported that President Obama spoke at a New Mexico town hall meeting about the Employee Free Choice Act.  USA Today‘s coverage suggested that the President expressed reservations regarding the card-check provisions.  Now that others are reporting his comments more fully, it seems that the President, in fact, reiterated his support for the main… Continue Reading

President Obama Expresses Reservations About EFCA in New Mexico Town Hall

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Card Check, EFCA
USA Today’s The Oval blog just finished live-blogging President Obama’s town hall meeting from New Mexico.  During the Q&A period comes the following entry: 12:55 – A man asks about the "employee free choice act," which would help more unions form. Obama praises the contribution of unions to society, and worries about the decline in union membership.… Continue Reading

Heritage Foundation Answers WaPo: “What Employer Advantage?”

Posted in Card Check, EFCA
Earlier today, we included a link to a Washington Post editorial which criticized business interests for remaining opposed to talk of an EFCA "compromise": … the coalition failed to acknowledge any flaw in the existing process — except to the extent that it suggested, falsely, that the current playing field is tilted in favor of unions. That hardly sounds… Continue Reading

Union Corporate Campaigns Remain Route To Card-Check Organizing

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, EFCA
In a post a few weeks ago, we speculated that as EFCA’s prospects dwindled, employers might expect to see a recognizable uptick in union corporate campaign activity.  Now that card-check is possibly dropping out of the compromise bill being crafted in the Senate, employers must be prepared to face increased organizing by corporate campaigns.  After all, securing… 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

Commentary Magazine: Preparation for “EFCA Lite”

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Remedies
Jennifer Rubin asks at Commentary Magazine’s blog whether the groups that opposed EFCA are as well prepared to confront a "lite" version of the bill offered as compromise.  Her excellent post suggests these strategic possibilities: … There are a couple avenues which they haven’t yet explored, in large part because they were able to beat back EFCA by… Continue Reading

Financial Times: A Deal to Organise

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, MLA Media
MLA attorney and EFCA Report blogger Richard Hankins is quoted in today’s Financial Times on EFCA.  Lately, pro-EFCA forces have taken to accuse critics of "lying" about the EFCA’s provisions, claiming that it does not eliminate the secret ballot, but rather allows employees to decide whether they want to organize via secret-ballot election or via card-check.  Regarding this sophistry: Employers… Continue Reading

SEIU, Change to Win Ready to Move Past Card-Check?

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Special Interests, White House
Perhaps getting a better read on political reality than many of their colleagues in the labor movement, SEIU President Andy Stern and Change To Win Chair Anna Burger told the WaPo‘s editorial board that labor may need to look for reform opportunities which do not include card-check recognition. A few of the potential elements mentioned… Continue Reading

SEIU Ramps Up Campaign Against Bank of America and CEO

Posted in Card Check, Corporate Campaigns, EFCA
Boston Business Journal reports that the SEIU and Change To Win’s Pension Funds will spend the next two weeks increasing their attacks against Bank of America and its CEO, Ken Lewis.  The campaign will include media events, demonstrations and a shareholder proxy movement to oust Lewis.  The Journal notes that "some are beginning to question the motives" of… Continue Reading

EFCA Round-Up: Thursday, April 16, 2009

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration
At the Enlightened Despot blog, Akhbar the Great cautions people against ignoring the full import of the Employee Free Choice Act, while getting caught up in rhetorical abbreviations.  AtG would not refer to EFCA simply as "card check": And this isn’t just a technicality. Other countries have a card check policy, but they of course don’t… Continue Reading

Highlights from Senate Republican Committee Hearing

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration
  The Senate Republican Committee held a hearing yesterday to voice opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409, S. 560).  Talk Radio News Service today carries the following quotes from participating Senators: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah):  “It represents a sea-change in labor-management relations that has developed since the 1930s…. EFCA would effectively deny workers… Continue Reading

CBS News Poll: Public Opposes EFCA

Posted in Card Check, EFCA
CBS News has released the results of a comprehensive poll of 1142 random participants, taken over last weekend. On the issue of EFCA, the results:  Congress is considering legislation, commonly referred to as "card check," that could make it easier for workers to form labor unions.  The legislation would allow people to form a union by publicly… Continue Reading

House Majority Leader Hoyer (D-MD): Senate First

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, House of Representatives
On the House floor Friday, Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) engaged in a brief dialogue regarding the Employee Free Choice Act.  In response to Rep. Cantor’s inquiry regarding the majority’s efforts to bring the bill to the floor, Rep. Hoyer responded:  Now, having said that, we passed this bill. We passed it… Continue Reading

Text of Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R.1176)

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Legislative Strategy, Senate
As we reported yesterday, Rep. John Kilne (R-MN) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act in the House and Senate.  The text of the House version, H.R. 1176, is now available at and  The introduction to the bill reads: Congress finds that–   (1) the right of employees under the National Labor… Continue Reading

Problems lining up EFCA co-sponsors?

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Senate
Our friends over at Shopfloor picked up an interesting comment yesterday by Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard. In a panel discussion on Fox News, Mr. Barnes opined that the labor movement was “losing ground” on the Employee Free Choice Act: In the last congress, they had something like 230 cosponsors for the card… Continue Reading

Labor Gearing Back Up For EFCA Push With New TV Spot

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Legislative Strategy
Organized labor advocacy group, American Rights at Work, released a new TV ad, “The Real Secret,” this weekend. Heavy on the fear-mongering, the ad hammers on the more recent union talking point: that EFCA does not “eliminate” the secret-ballot. The ad’s script: “The Real Secret” TV: 30 VO: Corporate greed. It’s caused a meltdown of our… Continue Reading

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