As of 5 p.m. today, Majority Leader Reid has yet to file a motion to proceed on H.R. 800, the euphonized Employee Free Choice Act, which means that the cloture vote is likely to occur on Thursday. (They’re voting on the House version, not the Senate’s, for reasons of procedural ease.) By most accounts, debate will be kept short since the outcome is all but certain — the failure to gain the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture.
That’s good on one hand, because the bill dies this session. It doesn’t have to go to the President for his veto.
But it’s bad, because a few Senators may justify a yea vote with the traditional excuse, “Well, no big deal, it’s not going to pass anyway.” Even so, once lawmakers go on the record with a yes vote, it’s harder to change their minds in future years; labor’s strategy is a multiyear one based on maintaining Democratic, pro-union majorities in both chambers and electing a Democratic president in 2008.
So complacency is the enemy, right? Therefore ….to urge your Senator to oppose this assault on the secret ballot, please click here.
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Unions have a right to participate vigorously in the democratic process, and they take full advantage of it. That’s why it is so jarring to see them support a measure that tampers with the sacred right to use a secret ballot when deciding something as critical as who will speak for people in the workplace.
[Allowing] unions to organize workplaces through intimidation could hurt the middle class, rather than help it, as negotiated compensation packages force firms to close or relocate offshore. The heavily unionized rustbelt has been shedding jobs. And the greatest job growth in the country has been in the non-unionized areas of the South, where plants such as South Carolina’s BMW and Tennessee’s Nissan are adding employment.
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