Card Check: Hordes for the Hearing

By March 21, 2007Labor Unions

Looks like Senator Kennedy’s hearing next Tuesday on the dissemblingly named Employee Free Choice Act was timed to received maximum union support, at least for PR purposes. Not only are the men and women of the Building and Construction Trades Dept. in town for their annual legislative confab, the Communications Workers of America are headed to Capitol Hill for their own yearly gathering, the “Legislative and Political Conference.”

The agenda calls for the usual events, some worthy safety and health seminars, a congressional reception, appearances by assorted politicians and Hill visits. And lots of lobbying for the card-check legislation.

“The business lobby is spending tens of millions of dollars to try to defeat our effort to restore basic workers’ rights through the Employee Free Choice Act,” CWA President Larry Cohen said. “We’re not going to let that happen. We’re fighting back against the CEOs who demand contracts for themselves but refuse to recognize workers rights.”

Fight, fight, fight. Always fighting.

Anyway, Mr. Cohen’s incitement certainly invites the question, doesn’t it? How many millions of dollars is organized labor spending to do away with the secret ballot in the workplace? How many millions are being spread around to make employees subject to even more union intimidation? How millions to replace elections with coercion?

We know one number: $30 million. That’s the amount organized labor contributed to about 200 House Democratic candidates in the 2006 elections, $30 million to encourage their votes to pass EFCA, the card-check bill.

Thirty million bucks can buy one heck of a good time, even in Washington, so enjoy yourselves, CWA. Good luck on your convention. Bad luck on card check, but good luck otherwise.

Join the discussion One Comment

  • Perhaps the term ‘coincidence’ doesn’t apply here; however, it seems coincidental that Mr. Cohen’s own CWA members weren’t given a vote on Mr. Cohen’s ascendency to the presidency of his union…he was hand-picked by his predecessor, Morty Bahr.

    And, again, perhaps the term ‘coincidence’ doesn’t apply here; however, it seems too coincidental most members of the building trades don’t have the right to vote on their own area-wide collective bargaining agreements.

    And, lastly, perhaps the term ‘coincidence’ doesn’t apply; but it seems coincidental that for unions that don’t really care to have their members vote on things that substantively affect their lives…to take the right to vote away from the rest of America’s workers seems…well…coincidental.

    Just our two cents, Der Blogmeister.