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OPINION: “Workplace Democracy” Shouldn’t Be Decided Behind Closed Doors (and Other Ironies)

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Filibuster
#EFCA  #efcafail By some accounts, the most significant revision of U.S. labor policy in decades may be passed by the Senate after a backroom deal, with little, if any, formal debate.   We’ve been blogging about EFCA since early 2007, and, while we make no pretense about our management bias, we’ve tried to maintain a civil… Continue Reading

MN Court Declares Franken Winner of Senate Seat; Coleman Concedes; What’s Next for EFCA?

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Filibuster, Senate
The Minneapolis Star Tribune and CBS report that the Minnesota Supreme Court has affirmed the trial court decision declaring Al Franken (D) the winner of last year’s Senate election: "We affirm the decision of the trial court that Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast" in the election, the decision states. The justices also explicitly… Continue Reading

EFCA Round-Up: Monday, June 22, 2009

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate, Special Interests
At ShopFloor.org, NAM criticizes the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka for accusing the Association of acting through "front groups": Labor calling business coalitions “front groups” is meant to imply shadowy, dishonest organizations created to hide one’s alliances. It cannot conceivably be applied to the Coalition for Democratic Workplace, the group the National Association of Manufacturers is active in.… Continue Reading

EFCA Swing Vote Senator Arlen Specter to Switch Parties

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, EFCA, Filibuster
Longtime Republican Senator Arlen Specter (PA) announced today that he will run for re-election in 2010 as a Democrat.  Per the New York Times: Mr. Specter, the long-time Republican party maverick, faced a difficult re-election next year, against conservative opponent Pat Toomey, the former Pennsylvania representative. If Al Franken prevails in his ongoing court case in… Continue Reading

Labor and the Left React to Sen. Arlen Specter’s Announcement

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Media Round-Up, Senate
Regarding Senator Arlen Specter’s (R-PA) surprising announcement earlier that he will oppose cloture and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, the Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein reports: Labor officials are incredibly distraught and, in some cases incredulous, noting the Specter co-sponsored the bill in 2003 and voted for cloture just last year. But while it is a setback for… Continue Reading

Senator Specter’s statement on the Senate Floor Opposing EFCA

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate
The conclusion of Senator Specter’s statement on the Senate floor today: The emphasis on bipartisanship is, I think, misplaced. There is no special virtue in having some Republicans and some Democrats take similar positions. The desired value, really, is independent thought and an objective judgment. It obviously can’t be that all Democrats come to one… Continue Reading

More on Specter’s Floor Statement

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Media Round-Up
More coverage across the internet regarding Senator Specter’s floor statement today that he will oppose cloture on EFCA: "Specter to oppose cloture on card check" — The Hill "Specter says he will oppose labor bill" — Politico "Specter: I’ll Vote No on Employee Free Choice Act" — TPMDC "Specter Won’t Back Card-Check" — Wall Street Journal… Continue Reading

Sen. Specter is Opposed to Cloture on EFCA

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate
National Journal’s CongressDaily today reports: Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., will vote against a cloture motion to limit debate on the Employee Free Choice Act, business groups said today. Keith Smith, who directs labor policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, said his group expects Specter to announce his decision in a floor speech early this… Continue Reading

Rep. George Miller (D-CA) to introduce EFCA on Tuesday

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, House of Representatives, Legislative Strategy, Senate
This weekend we asked: Now that it seems we’re losing more than a half a million jobs a month, one has to wonder whether EFCA’s proponents could possibly be serious about re-introducing the bill this coming week. The answer via Reuters: A bill making it easier for U.S. workers to unionize will be introduced on… Continue Reading

March 9, 2009: Will They or Won’t They?

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate
Recent reports — though some from less serious sources — have suggested that EFCA’s sponsors may re-introduce the bill as early as Monday, March 9th.   Then other observers — even some supportive of the bill — have indicated that it is not likely that the bill will be re-introduced so soon. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions does… Continue Reading

UAW President Likens EFCA Opponents to Racists

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Special Interests
The blog of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is unwilling to let UAW President Ron Gettelfinger get away with one of the more outrageous broadsides in the ongoing "debate" over EFCA.  Late last week, CIANJ highlighted a response to Gettelfinger’s recent Detroit News piece.  Apparently unable to muster a compelling, objective argument in support of EFCA,… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Sunday Papers on EFCA and Sen. Specter

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate, Special Interests
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette both carry pieces today on the probability that EFCA may be re-introduced in the coming weeks.  We have previously observed — both in prior blog posts and in our white paper on EFCA in the 111th Congress — the central role Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter (R) will play in EFCA’s prospects this year.  That notion… Continue Reading

Deal or No Deal? Gregg Tabbed for Commerce

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate, White House
Today’s Boston Globe reports that President Obama will, in fact, nominate New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg for Secretary of Commerce. If Gregg accepts, that will create a vacant seat which will be filled by appointment. Governor John Lynch (D-NH), according to reports, appears set to appoint a Republican to that seat — thereby preserving the current… Continue Reading

If Sen. Gregg (R-NH) Steps Down For Commerce Post, Critical GOP Seat Put in Play?

Posted in EFCA, Filibuster, Senate
The Wall Street Journal reports: Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire has emerged as President Barack Obama’s top choice for commerce secretary, with an announcement coming as soon as Monday, an Obama administration official and lawmakers said Sunday. Gregg (R-NH) voted against cloture on EFCA in the 110th Congress, and with Minnesota’s seat still… Continue Reading

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