From the Washington Post, “Battle Deepens Over Union Organizing“:
In recent television ads, opponents have linked heavy unionization to job cuts and other problems afflicting the airline, steel and automobile industries.
“I really worry that this issue is a public policy disaster and political nightmare in waiting,” said political strategist Mark McKinnon.
McKinnon, who worked for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during the Republican primary season but refused to work against Obama in the general election, argued that the opposition to the issue could jeopardize the rest of Obama’s legislative agenda. “I think it has the potential to be like gays in the military was for Clinton if they try to roll this out quickly,” he said.
Weekly Standard, The Blog, “The Tale of Blagojevich, and What (If Anything) the Transition Knew“:
If the SEIU was freelancing with Blagojevich, Obama’s inclination to extend himself for Big Labor by pushing Congress on card check should shrink considerably.
You would sure hope.
It now appears the Democrats will not reach the 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filisbuster. Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic comments in “60 Might Have Mattered“:
A Republican senator, speaking to reporters this morning, offered up EFCA, the “Employee Free Choice Act” — card check — as a prime example of where Republicans would unite to fight tooth and nail against the Democrats and the Obama White House.
“We will do everything we possibly can to get every Republican on board,” the senator said.”We’re even working on Arlen,” the senator said, referring to Pennsylvania’s Sen. Specter, a reliable ally of labor unions. A few Democrats, the senator said, will be targeted…[snip]
Card check would allow workers to “show cards” at a union-sponsored event; if more than 50% of them did, then the union would be recognized as the bargaining agent for the workers. Alternatively, employees could ask for a secret ballot election, but employers would have to recognize its results. Labor unions have been salivating for card check elections, as their ranks would significantly expand because of it; Obama has promised to sign it.
Well, that’s not right. Here’s the text of H.R. 800, the Employee Free Choice Act. No meetings required. You can intimidate the employees into signing individually. Although in a small group, perhaps you could crowd them all into a room at one time and impress upon them the need to sign.
If the Board finds that a majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for bargaining has signed valid authorizations designating the individual or labor organization specified in the petition as their bar gaining representative and that no other individual or labor organization is currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit, the Board shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or labor organization as the representative described in subsection (a).