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Voters Approve Secret Ballot Measures In Four States

Posted in EFCA, Legislation, State/Local Issues
Amid the various Election 2010 returns, NAM’s Shopfloor.org reports on the passage of ballot initiatives in four states to require secret ballots in union representation elections: In a multistate rebuke to organized labor, voters in four states are approving measures to reaffirm the sanctity of the secret ballot. No Employee Free Choice Act for us,… Continue Reading

NYT: Unions Fear GOP Election Wins

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Legislation, Media Round-Up, NLRB Rule-Making, Senate
In today’s New York Times, labor beat writer Steven Greenhouse has a piece entitled "Unions Fear a Rollback of Rights Under Republicans."  The article cites concerns by the leaders of AFSCME and the AFL-CIO that Republican Congressional majorities would pursue legislation contrary to union interests. One such item mentioned is the Secret Ballot Protection Act — a… Continue Reading

NLRB Acting General Counsel Announces Effort to Enhance Pursuit of 10(j) Injunctions in Discharge Cases

Posted in EFCA, Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB Administration, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices
NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon has announced an initiative to increase the consideration and pursuit of Section 10(j) injunctive relief in so-called “nip-in-bud” cases, including employee terminations during a union organizing campaign. According to the announcement: …in all cases found meritorious the General Counsel’s office will consider seeking a federal injunction that would compel… Continue Reading

President Tells AFL-CIO That EFCA, Labor Agenda Are Alive and Well

Posted in EFCA, Legislation, Presidential Appointments, Senate, Unions, White House
President Obama spoke on Wednesday to the AFL-CIO’s executive council in Washington D.C. While organized labor has expressed frustration at times by the White House’s seeming inability to advance its major labor agenda initiatives, the President highlighted the things his administration has achieved. According to The Hill: The president said his administration is enforcing labor provisions… Continue Reading

Secretary of Labor Solis Calls for Expansion of Collective Bargaining on 75th Anniversary of Wagner Act

Posted in Department of Labor, EFCA, NLRA, Unions
Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Act celebrated its 75th anniversary.  Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis marked the occasion by calling for an expansion of collective bargaining in the Huffington Post: Collective bargaining helped create our middle class. Working people were able to share in the gains of their productivity and labor and management… Continue Reading

EFCA Report Migrating to Labor Relations Today Blog

Posted in EFCA
We started EFCA Report back in January 2009 – after blogging elsewhere on the topic for years – in an effort to keep the management community well-apprised of the bill’s progress as events developed. Over the course of that year-and-a-half, over 12,500 viewers have turned repeatedly to EFCA Report for news, resources, insights and management perspectives… Continue Reading

Sen. Harkin: “Still Trying To Pass EFCA”

Posted in EFCA, Legislation, NLRA, Senate
Yesterday’s BNA Daily Labor Report (subscription required) repeated a comment Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) made this week on a liberal talk show regarding the Employee Free Choice Act’s prospects: Harkin told the Bill Press radio show that he is “still trying to maneuver” in an effort to get the necessary 60 votes to move the bill… Continue Reading

Senator Lincoln (D-AR) Declines to Debate Challenger Until He States Position on EFCA

Posted in EFCA, Expedited Elections, Remedies
The run-off primary election between Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D-AR) is one of the primary elections most closely tracked by EFCA watchers.  Senator Lincoln prominently announced she would not be supporting cloture on the bill back in March 2009, soon after Sen. Arlen Specter (then R-PA) made a similar announcement.  These declarations were… Continue Reading

How Will Mini-Super Tuesday Primary Upsets Impact EFCA?

Posted in EFCA, NLRA, Senate
As we’ve reported at our sister blog, EFCA Report, the early results are in from yesterday’s primary contests, and this morning’s talking points focus on the general anti-incumbent trend.  But others, including NAM’s ShopFloor.org, have also noted it was a "Tough Night for the Card Check Crowd." Suffering a major primary defeat was a figure central to the long-winding… Continue Reading

“Mini-Super Tuesday” Fallout for Card Check

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Filibuster, Senate
The early results are in from yesterday’s primary contests, and this morning’s talking points focus on the general anti-incumbent trend.  But others, including NAM’s ShopFloor.org, have also noted it was a "Tough Night for the Card Check Crowd." Chief among the figures central to the long-winding evolution of the Employee Free Choice Act is five-term Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat Senator Arlen… Continue Reading

House Education and Labor Committee Hearing on First Contract Negotiations: Post-Doc Bargaining at Cal

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, NLRA
In our Weekend Round-Up this past weekend, we noted that the House Education and Labor Committee had held a hearing on April 30, 2010 in Berkeley, California for the expressed purpose of: exploring the challenges in first contract labor negotiations by examining the difficulty of reaching a first contract agreement in negotiations between the University of… Continue Reading

U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Labor Agenda Beyond Card-Check

Posted in Bush Board Reversal, Department of Labor, EFCA, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Project Labor Agreements, White House
Glenn Spencer, Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative published a piece yesterday in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel entitled: "Union Agenda Implemented Behind the Scenes."   In the piece, Spencer outlines a number of items on "the union wish list."  Among the items included in the piece, with some excerpts here, are: NLRB Composition: … Continue Reading

Media Round-Up: May 4, 2010

Posted in EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Senate
In The Hill, Kevin Bogardus reports that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has repeated his recent assertion that proponents will secure a vote on EFCA this year, even if by tacking it on to unrelated legislation: One victory that has eluded the AFL-CIO so far is seeing the Employee Free Choice Act signed into law. Unions have struggled to… Continue Reading

Weekend Round-Up

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, Media Round-Up, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions
NLRB Decision:  Another day, another new Board decision in a 10(k) jurisdictional dispute.  In Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1184 (Highlight Electric, Inc.), 355 NLRB No. 29 (Apr. 29, 2010), Chairwoman Liebman, and Members Schaumber and Pearce, issued a Determination awarding LIUNA work claimed by an IBEW local in Riverside, California.  This is the fourth decision issued… 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

AEI Policy Paper: The Impact of EFCA on U.S. Economy

Posted in EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Remedies
American Enterprise Institute has issued a policy paper by UCLA Economics Professor Lee Ohanian entitled "The Impact of the Employee Free Choice Act on the U.S. Economy."   From the Professor’s summary: Gauging the impact of higher unionization on the economy, however, depends on how many more workers are unionized, how much their wages rise as a… Continue Reading

Southern Dem Senators on EFCA

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Card Check, EFCA
National Journal reports on last night’s debate between Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and her primary challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D-AR): Halter went on offense first against Lincoln during a question about the Employee Free Choice Act, which is often referred to as "card check." He mentioned that she first sponsored EFCA, then opposed it and… 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

SEIU’s Anna Burger: Push NLRB to Regulate, Congress to Use Reconciliation to Push EFCA

Posted in EFCA, House of Representatives, NLRB Rule-Making, Senate, White House
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

More on EFCA’s Prospects: Sen. McCaskill (D-MO) Says Unlikely in 2010

Posted in EFCA, 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

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

Reports: Andy Stern to Resign From SEIU

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, EFCA, Special Interests
Politico‘s Ben Smith tonight reports that Andy Sterm, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the most powerful labor leaders and political figures in America, is resigning: The President of an SEIU local based in Seattle, Diane Sosne, broke the news to her staffers at 11:35 this morning, local time. "Last night I… Continue Reading

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