From a Politico story on the political pressure Senate Democrats face over the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act:
“We don’t know if we have 60 yet. We’re at 59 [for cloture] right now,” said Josh Goldstein, a spokesman for American Rights at Work, a pro-labor group. “The issue has become front and center, and the worse the economy gets, the more support we get. [Business groups are] trying to make this a volatile issue for senators.”
That’s some spin.
You can claim the 59 votes for cloture with some measure of sincerity. It may be wrong, but it’s not a dishonest claim.
Otherwise, the issue of card check has been front and center since the Senate voted to block H.R. 800 in June 2007. As for the other nonsense:
“The worse the economy gets, the more support it gets.” Sure. The worse the economy gets, the more the public demands the employees be forced into unions against their will. The more attention given to labor’s fault for the domestic auto industry’s difficulties, the more the public says, “Give us more of that!”
“Business groups are trying to make this a volatile issue.” Snort. It’s not business groups that are trying to destroy the secret ballot in the workplace or enact the biggest shift in employer-employee relations since the 1935 Wagner Act. Throw gasoline on the fire of labor relations and don’t be surprised when things get “volatile,” Mr. Goldstein.
Next thing you know labor representatives will try to claim that the Employee Free Choice Act doesn’t eliminate the secret ballot. Do they think the public is stupid?
UPDATE (4:13 p.m.) Well, that didn’t take long. From Dow-Jones:
An aide to Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said that the bill doesn’t address the question of secret ballot votes at all.
It would compel employers to agree to the creation of a union when presented with 50% of worker support, the aide said.