While the legislative prospects for organized labor’s highest agenda priority, the jobs killing Employee Free Choice Act, are hazy, labor leaders remain committed to implementing their concept of “labor law reform” this year. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review details the approach that labor bosses are taking in the remaining months of the 111th Congress: Take what you can get when you can get it.
The head of the AFL-CIO in Pennsylvania, Bill George, says of the incremental approach: “I think it’s the best chance we’ve got, and I think you’re going to see that happen.” The strategy is best exemplified with the placement of AFL-CIO/SEIU attorney Craig Becker directly onto the National Labor Relations Board through a recess appointment.
As Congress and the White House seek to appease their political allies in labor before the midterm elections, employers should remain vigilant. Labor’s policy agenda will not necessarily come in the form of legislation.