Card Check: Or Better Termed, Federal Pay Determination?

By July 19, 2009Labor Unions

Mickey Kaus on the card check “compromise” being sold via the New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse, “The Feared Card Check ‘Compromise’ Is Here“:

Opponents may need to come up with a new name for the bill (though “card check” was working pretty well for them). How about “federal pay determination”?  Keep in mind that not only does the apparent “compromise” propose abandoning the hoary idea that wages should be set in the marketplace, it also abandons the New Deal’s substitute idea that wages should be set in labor contest where unions threaten to use their strike power and management threatens to survive a strike. Unions seem to have given up strikes. Instead they want to authorize an official–maybe even an actual federal bureaucrat–to simply swoop down and impose what would undoubtedly be a wage increase. That’s more akin to FDR’s notorious, failed National Recovery Act–except the NRA at least let industries set their own rigid wage scales.  …

Note also that the arbitration provisions give now-unorganized workers a new, powerful incentive to unionize: Vote for the union, wait a few months, and an arbitrator will fly in and give you a raise. No strike. No fuss. No muss. …

The biggest labor “reform” since the Wagner Act!

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