Posts Tagged ‘Employee Free Choice Act’

Politico: Setting the table for a ‘grand bargain’ on EFCA

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Politico:Despite the backing of President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, plus a multimillion-dollar union advertising blitz, Senate leaders can’t muster the 60 votes they need to avoid a GOP filibuster on labor’s top priority: the Employee Free Choice Act.

So a group of Senate Democrats is reportedly considering dropping the bill’s controversial “card check” provision to break the legislative impasse. That will help, but other formidable obstacles lie in the path of long-overdue changes in U.S. labor law.

National Review editorial: Card-Check Is a Trojan Horse

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009


In its original form, the mendaciously misnamed and thoroughly anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act would strip American workers of the right to conduct secret-ballot elections on the question of whether to organize a union. In place of a traditional one-man/one-vote secret ballot, the EFCA would impose a regime of union-boss thuggery known as “card-check,” wherein labor organizers (who may also be the employees’ supervisors) pressure workers to sign off on a union-organizing petition, a much easier way to reach a serviceable majority. Democrats have now signaled their willingness to remove the card-check provision from EFCA but, as in the case of the cap-and-trade legislation, the marquee proposal is only one poison arrow in a quiver full of venom. With or without card-check, EFCA is a bare-knuckles power play by Big Labor and the Obama administration – a bill that needs killing.

Ohio Union FAKES Member’s Signature Cards: Redstate

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


One of the more objectionable features of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is the card check feature wherein a union can simply gather publicly signed cards by employees agreeing to become unionized, thereby eliminating the secret vote for the workers. Opponents say this process is ripe for union abuse leaving workers open to any sort of intimidation and quashing their vote of conscience.

If any more evidence of how corrupt the card check system could be were needed, one need only look at a recent union organizer in Ohio to see the abuse that will happen with card check.

An Ohio union organizer has been fired after he was caught forging documents to deduct money from public employees’ wages to pay for political activity, the Service Employees International Union said yesterday.

The organizer, whom Williams declined to identify, had forged about 40 “PAC cards,” which are documents that allow the union to deduct about $14 per month from employee wages to pay for the union’s political activity.

Specter To Oppose Employee Free Choice Act: The Fix

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Fix:

Sen. Arlen Specter‘s (R-Pa.) decision to vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, a reversal of a position he took just two years ago, is evidence of the seriousness with which he views the looming primary challenge from former Rep. Pat Toomey.

Specter announced his opposition to the legislation during a speech on the Senate floor early this afternoon and immediately drew plaudits from conservatives. “Senator Specter has come through in the clutch,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is almost certain to be the single most important vote of 2009.”

Specter cited the alleged elimination of the secret ballot in EFCA as the main reason he is opposing the legislation.

He also noted that his decision is likely to doom the bill with all 59 Democrats (assuming Al Franken is seated in the Senate) will vote to end debate on EFCA while all 41 Republicans will cast a “no” vote.

Univ. Chicago Law: The Case against the Employee Free Choice Act

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

University of Chicago, Law School:

Legislation, being costly, has to be shown to be a good, or otherwise it should be treated as harm. The Employee Free Choice Act does not come close to passing that test, which is why there are strong and principled reasons to oppose, and oppose vigorously, its passage.