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Card Check, the AFL-CIO, and President Obama’s Remarks

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We couldn’t have said it better,” one of the AFL-CIO’s bloggers posted about President Obama’s answer to the question posed to President Obama on Wednesday by union President Richard Trumka. Or differently, one supposes.

The NAM’s Keith Smith reacted to the President’s remarks in a Shopfloor post yesterday, “If EFCA Won’t Pass the Senate, We’ll Turn to Federal Labor Boards.” The Bloomberg story, “Obama Tells Labor Leaders He’ll Pursue Union-Friendly Agenda,” reported the NAM’s objections to the strategy of using Executive Branch agencies to push through labor’s policy priorities that could not make it through Congress.

The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, reports on other business groups disturbed by President’s appeals and alliance with Big Labor. From “Obama Seeks to Reassure Labor of Support“:

Glenn Spencer, an executive director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, challenged Mr. Obama’s continued support of the Employee Free Choice Act. “We welcome the president’s call to rebuild our economy,” said Mr. Spencer, but “imposing government-dictated union contracts on employers won’t help.” He added that “overbearing regulations” from the Department of Labor or “a slanted” NLRB would only discourage America’s job creators from putting people back to work.

And Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute observed, “Worse yet, Obama supports going around the legislative branch and using unelected members of regulatory agencies to enact Big Labor’s agenda of forced unionization.”

If a NLRB Quorum is So Important, Confirm Other Nominees

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So argues Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute, in an op-ed in today’s Washington Times, “True intentions exposed,” revealing the not-so-secret agenda of Andy Stern of the SEIU and the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka in pushing the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. The Senate last week failed to invoke cloture on Becker’s nomination by a bipartisan, 52-33 vote.

Just days ago, Mr. Trumka wrote, “The NLRB’s job is to protect workers’ rights – but for more than two years it has been functioning with only two members instead of the five it should have. Working people need an NLRB that can enforce the National Labor Relations Act – not one hobbled by vacancies. … These next few weeks will be crucial in building support for a fully functional NLRB.”

So, the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) took Mr. Trumka at his word and called on the U.S. Senate to move expeditiously on the other outstanding nominations to the NLRB, namely Democrat Mark Pearce and Republican Brian Hayes. This would give the NLRB the quorum it needs to do its job.

In related dissections of Big Labor’s rhetoric,  LaborPains.org reads a recent opinion column in Politico by William Forbath, professor of law and history at the University of Texas and author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement. What’s Forbath’s real goal in supporting the nomination of Becker to the NLRB?

From Politico:

“The Becker nomination offers President Barack Obama a more important opportunity, what he likes to call a teachable moment. […]

But unions are on the verge of vanishing. If the Democrats won’t even go this far to halt the battering unions have been taking, then Democrats and the nation will be the losers. For soon, we won’t have any institutional player to do the heavy lifting, to provide the serious money the Democrats need to campaign for job creation, health care reform and financial regulation. McCain and company have demonized Becker simply because he’s a union lawyer. Obama should stand up to them.

Save Big Labor and your party allies, Mr. President! Make a recess appointment of Craig Becker!

Thanks to the Center for Union Facts for slogging through Forbath’s column. We lost interest with his tired invocation of “the big lie” and “teachable moments.” Is that what passes for argument at the University of Texas?

Finally, we draw your attention to yesterday’s post here at Shopfloor.org on the political PR campaign by the current chairman, Wilma Liebman, undermining the board’s quasi-judicial responsibilities. As the Truth About EFCA blog headlined its own post, “Even Without Becker, Politicizing The NLRB.”

Voters Continue to Oppose Card Check Legislation

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Recent polling by the Workforce Fairness Institute shows that voters in Colorado and Nevada oppose the jobs-killing Employee Free Choice Act and are increasingly concerned with the state of our economy.

As the Las Vegas Sun highlights the feeling of Nevada voters on the bill:

The poll showed 57 percent of respondents oppose changing the way unions are organized and 64 percent oppose allowing mandatory arbitration to settle organizational disputes between workers and managers, as is proposed under the bill.

The Hill newspaper also notes that this polling shows that voters in Colorado oppose the bill and the proposed government takeover of wages and benefits that would result:

When read a description of EFCA, 66 percent of Coloradans said they’d prefer a candidate who would vote against the union organizing bill, compared to 29 percent who said they would prefer a candidate who supports the “card check” bill.

This data should send a strong message to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Michael Bennet that voters in their states are focused on improving our economy and are not interested in radically overhauling our nation’s labor laws. It’s time for all Senators to finally take away the threat of this jobs-killing proposal and oppose card check legislation in any form.

Card Check: A Tremendous Business Investment for Union Bosses

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The Workforce Fairness Institute today released the details of report today that shows that should the Employee Free Choice Act become law, labor leaders would gain an additional $320 million to spend on political activism, organizing and politicking, an amount totalling $1.75 billion over the next decade. Yes that’s billion with a “B.”

While labor bosses claim that the Employee Free Choice Act is labor law reform, this report sheds a bit more light on the true intentions of labor leaders. The Employee Free Choice Act is an attempt to skew the balance of our labor law system in order for labor unions to inflate their membership to gain increased dues revenue.

It’s clear that business-savvy labor groups are quite comfortable spending millions of their members’ hard earned dues money in their campaign to take away the secret ballots of other employees as it would result in an additional cash influx for them of over half a billion in the first year. Five percent of which would be expected to be used for political contributions. With the financial benefits so high, no wonder why union bosses are pursuing the jobs-killing legislation so aggressively.