From The Las Vegas Sun, “Reid: Vote on card check bill, a labor priority, likely in summer“:
Washington — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate will likely turn its attention this summer to the Employee Free Choice Act — the union organizing bill being watched in Las Vegas and across the nation.
Standing beside fair-pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter late last week after the Senate passed landmark legislation named in her honor, Reid made clear that the wage discrimination bill was not the last on the labor agenda.
The union organizing bill, sometimes called card check, is an “important piece of legislation,” he said. “We’re going to get to that,” Reid said. “We’re hoping to get to it sometime this summer.”
Which adds more credence to our argument yesterday that, lacking the votes to pass card check, leadership is offering the Ledbetter Lawsuit Enhancement Act as an initial downpayment on the organized labor’s political agenda.
By the way, the Employee Free Choice Act has NOT even been introduced yet in the 111th Congress. (UPDATE: Rep. George Miller sent out a Dear Colleague letter last Friday asking for cosponsors. It’s so important they’re waiting to introduce it!)
Elsewhere, Mickey Kaus, reform-minded Democrat, continues his assiduous commentary on the Employee Free Choice Act. Organized labor has been especially active lately peddling the line that EFCA will not eliminate the secret ballot, a ridiculous assertion they hope to make true by repeating the lie often enough. Kaus comments:
As Jennifer Rubin notes, the EFCA doesn’t provide for a worker “choice” of a secret ballot election. If the union gets 50% of its cards signed, the secret ballot election is eliminated. How does this let the workers choose to have a secret ballot? (The “cards” in question don’t address the election issue at all–see sample here.) Put it another way: The whole question is how we can determine what “the workers'” legitimate choice is–by a show of signed cards (“card check”) or by secret ballot. It’s circular for Ambinder to say, in effect, that it’s OK to let 50% of the cards determine whether there’s a union because, hey, 50% of the workers have signed cards and “chosen” that way to form a union! That only makes sense if you assume the “card check” process is fair and free of intimidation, which is the whole question at issue. If you think secret ballots are the more accurate way of determining individual “choice,” for all the traditional reasons we have secret ballots, then there’s not much of an argument for letting a non-secret ballot process “choose” to cancel having the secret-ballot process. …
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