VP’s Veto Vow on ‘Card Check’ Elicits Response

By February 16, 2007Labor Unions

NRO’s Peter Suderman follows up on Vice President Cheney’s remarks Wednesday to the NAM, in which the Veep stated President Bush would veto card-check legislation, or as Suderman describes the bill, “the almost comically misnamed Employee Free Choice Act of 2007.” Suderman reports on the reaction in some corners:

“Labor law is already convoluted, and card check mandates would only make it worse,” said Ivan Osorio, a labor analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Osorio praised Cheney’s veto announcement, saying that the administration “may have recognized this as an opportunity to regain some support amongst his conservative base.”

Greg Mourad, director of legislation for the National Right to Work Foundation, was similarly supportive, saying, “I’m glad to hear that the administration plans to veto the Card Check Forced Unionism Bill.” He cautioned, however, that “it is still essential that Republicans and moderate Democrats in the Senate vote against it to make sure that the bill never gets to the president’s desk.”

We endorse that sentiment.

In another journalistic account of flaming wreckage, Suderman reviews Nicholas Cage’s new starring vehicle, “Ghost Rider.”

“Clearly the filmmakers aren’t aware of one of the most important rules in Hollywood: Movies about vigilante bikers with flaming skulls for heads do not need tender moments. “

We endorse that sentiment.

UPDATE (11:10 a.m.): The San Francisco Examiner issues a sharp editorial rebuke to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. George Miller.

[On] Wednesday the East Bay Democrat pushed through his Education and Labor Committee an anti-freedom, anti-democracy bill with the exquisitely Orwellian title of “The Employee Free Choice Act of 2007.” There’s no love for freedom in the legislation now moving to the House floor. ….

What Miller really wants is to eliminate the secret ballot in union elections, substituting a “card check” system whereby union activists collect cards allegedly signed by employees and supposedly signifying their votes on such matters as allocating their assessments. Abuses of workers’ true wishes not only are potential, they are guaranteed. There is no “free choice” in this travesty, clearly a payoff to union leaders who contributed so handsomely to the Democrats’ November election victory.

Honest Democrats who hold the secret ballot as sacred should deny the congressman his power trip. We encourage readers to contact Rep. Miller at George.Miller@mail.house.gov.

Read the whole thing.