Card Check: View from the Left, the Far Left

By March 31, 2007Labor Unions

Interesting speculation about Senate action on S. 1041, the misleadingly named Employee Free Choice Act.

Some experts say that in order to get the bill out of committee and passed by the Senate, Democrats would be willing to compromise on card-check and arbitration. These possible moves are seen not as an abandonment of those provisions, but to get the bill through the Senate to a conference committee where differing House and Senate provisions of companion bills would be debated and where a single legislative vehicle could be agreed upon. Labor’s supporters would likely reinsert the compromised provisions during the conference debate, experts say.

Labor’s push in the weeks ahead includes meetings with senators, delegations to senators’ home offices and a week of action on college campuses from March 31 to April 4. The labor movement is urging its supporters to call their senators to support EFCA.

From the People’s Weekly World, the official organ of the CPUSA. Gotta say, the Commies are all over this bill. See here, here, and here.

The final link takes you to a speech by the PWW’s editor, Terrie Albano, upon the handing over of the Communist Party USA’s archives to New York University’s Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, March 23, 2007 in New York City. Fascinating moment of history and a fascinating speech, reviewing the current U.S. political scene. The text reads like a moderate Social Democrat talking. The renegade Kautsky would approve.