Card Check: Politico Says Introduction Tuesday

By March 9, 2009Economy, Labor Unions

Inspirational comments from Warren Buffett, Omaha investment giant and economic advisor to President Obama on CNBC today: “BUFFETT: I think the secret ballot’s pretty important in the country.  You know, I’m against card check, to make a perfectly flat statement.”

Inspirational and timely. From Mike Allen, Politico, “Card check battle starts tomorrow“:

The measure – known popularly as “card check” and formally as the Employee Free Choice Act – would allow a union to form after enough workers in a shop sign cards, or petitions, rather than voting by secret ballot.

“The fact that the bill is being introduced so early in the session is an indication of it being a priority and of confidence in the vote count,” said a Democratic official involved in the negotiations.

But POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush sees “surefire signs of stall” over the measure, and quotes leaders of both sides as saying it could be hung up for months, perhaps pushing it into the midterm election year of 2010.

The unnamed Democratic official — involved in negotiations with whom? — is making things up. In the 110th Congress, the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced on February 5th in the House (H.R. 800). The “so early in the session” is just nonsense.

And “confidence in the vote count”? Here’s Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a major Obama surrogate during the campaign, on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday: “MCCASKILL: I’m not sure that we have the votes…”

As Mickey Kaus points out, she didn’t even say where she stands.

UPDATE (5:26 p.m.): Reuters has confirmation that the bill will be introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee.

Ah, we see the labor browbeating of reporters has worked its magic: “That would change the present practice in which workers usually vote in elections on unionizing, although the bill would leave elections as an option for employees to choose.”

As an option that employees would never choose. In which case it’s not an option.

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