Card Check: What Do We Know Really Know?

By November 18, 2008Labor Unions

We’ve got a round-up of latest news and commentary on the anti-democratic Employee Free Choice Act over at the Point of Law blog, “Employee Free Choice Act, the maneuvering,” with a focus on the legal aspects.

Also worth reading is an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, “Democrats Shouldn’t Rush on Labor Legislation,” by Ariella Bernstein.

The labor movement has announced that it will push passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) in the first 100 days of the Obama administration. There is even talk of adding it to President-elect Barack Obama’s stimulus legislation, to reduce the spotlight on the issue. This haste is a mistake.

I am a Democrat who has worked at both the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), two agencies that figure prominently in this legislation. I believe we need a better understanding of the problems before signing on to this bill as the solution.

She highlights some specific concerns and uncertainties, noting that government data are available that could provide some answers.

And, a very timely observation…

And what about the cost of EFCA to Main Street employers, already under pressure in this economy? With companies struggling to survive and the credit markets tightening, passing this bill does not guarantee widespread unionized employment or wage increases.

And to the headline question, “What do we really know?” One answer is clear: We know it would destroy the secret-ballot in union representation elections.

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