Card Check: EFCA Will Be Introduced Next ….Wait! Just Wait!

By March 4, 2009Labor Unions

Hah. Despite union reports that the Employee Free Choice Act would be introduced next Monday …

From the People’s Weekly World, “Update: Employee Free Choice Act to be introduced in Congress“:

(Editor’s note: PWW reporters at the AFL-CIO executive council meeting indicate that the report that the Employee Free Choice Act will be introduced on March 9 is incorrect. According to union sources, the bill will be introduced later in the month).

As suggested below, PWW reporters pay attention to details and are conscientious (in service of an evil cause, Communism, but still, credit where credit due). We tend to believe them more than the union blusterers.

In what’s probably related news/commentary, from Arkansas: “Is Lincoln shifting on EFCA?

UPDATE (9:40 a.m.): More evidence of union confusion on the issue. Yesterday, the Los Angeles AFL-CIO’s website said introduction would be next Monday:

Street Dialing for Good Jobs
Join us as we phone bank Senator Feinstein from the streets of L.A. in support of the Employee Free Choice Act

On Monday, March 9th Congressman George Miller and Senator Ted Kennedy are expected to introduce the Employee Free Choice Act into the House of Representatives.

Today it says:

On the week of March 9th Congressman George Miller and Senator Ted Kennedy are expected to introduce the Employee Free Choice Act into the House of Representatives.

Don’t want to get caught up in too much of the insider ball game here. The Employee Free Choice Act is an attack on secret ballot elections, good jobs and managerial prerogative no matter whether the bill is introduced March 9th or March Xth. The question of dates is interesting just as a reflection of labor’s disarray and confused leadership.

UPDATE: (10 a.m.): “President Tells Unions Organizing Act Will Pass“:

MIAMI — President Barack Obama told AFL-CIO union leaders Tuesday in a videotaped address that the controversial Employee Free Choice Act will pass, signaling his full backing for legislation that makes union organizing easier.

“We will pass the Employee Free Choice Act,” President Obama told more than 100 top labor officials in a closed-door meeting at the labor federation’s winter gathering in Miami, according to people at the meeting.

The remarks were taped February 20th, so they’d have to be generic statements of support.

UPDATEThe Hill:

Democratic aides said lawmakers have not yet picked a day for when to introduce the bill.

“We have not made a decision on timing for introduction of the bill,” said Aaron Albright, spokesman for the House Education and Labor Committee. Miller (D-Calif.) is chairman of the committee.

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