Don’t be Fooled: EFCA’s Still a Priority

By April 19, 2010General

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said last week that controversial “card check” legislation will not be brought up in the Senate this year.

From The Hill, McCaskill: ‘Card-check’ legislation not going to come up in Senate“:

“I don’t think that card-check is going to come up,” McCaskill said during a weekly conference call with Missouri journalists. “It has not come up, and believe me: If card-check, the way it was drafted, was going to come up, it probably would have come up early in 2009, as opposed to now.”

Employers should remain vigilant, however. Speaking to the California state Democratic Convention last weekend, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis reaffirmed the Administration’s support for passing Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Labor is definitely not giving up on enacting less-noticed but still damaging provisions of EFCA.

“McCaskill said that while senators were still negotiating the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a controversial bill to reform union organizing rules, it was unlikely to even include the actual ‘card-check’ provision itself, which has been the subject of heavy fire from conservatives and business groups. ‘I think there’s a lot of negotiation that’s going on about card-check,’ McCaskill said. ‘Businesses are at the table, and frankly I don’t think the card-checking part is the part that’s being discussed at this point; I think that’s been abandoned.'”

Though she may have ruled out “card check,” other dangerous elements of EFCA could still be on the table. These include binding arbitration provisions that would fundamentally change the collective bargaining process and lead to expanded government control of private-sector wages and benefits. (NAM ManuFact on EFCA.)

EFCA in any form would be detrimental to American manufacturers.

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