From today’s Washington Post editorial, “Mr. Obama’s Visit“:
On the Employee Free Choice Act, which would allow unions to organize by obtaining a majority of signatures from employees in a workplace rather than having to win secret-ballot elections, Mr. Obama signaled willingness to consider other mechanisms to address the concern that employers unfairly use the current process to intimidate workers not to join unions. And he seemed in no hurry to have Congress bring it up. “If we’re losing half a million jobs a month, then there are no jobs to unionize, so my focus first is on those key economic priority items,” Mr. Obama said, declining to state whether he wanted to see the issue debated during his first year in office.
“Other mechanisms” could still be onerous and damaging to the economy. We can well imagine organized labor and their allies in Congress making the grand gesture of dropping card check’s attack on the secret ballot while retaining binding arbitration and other harmful provisions.
Still, these are still encouraging comments from the President-elect as represented by the Post.
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