We can at last mark one small victory against the Orwellian named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The card check feature of the bill has been successfully cut out of the bill in the Senate.
The card check feature would have allowed unions to eliminate the ages old democratic practice of allowing prospective union employees the benefit of a secret ballot to vote “yes” or “no” for organizing their work place.
Removal of this feature of the EFCA proves that our Senators can be moved by pressure from constituents. But, let’s not imagine that the war is now won. This one small victory still leaves a bill jammed full of anti-business, economy killing aspects and we need to keep the pressure on to kill this mess.
The card check feature is nothing compared to the forced arbitration aspect of the bill, so we still have work to do.
But even this victory is not a sure thing. As Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern says, it could go right back in later.
As we have said from day one, majority sign-up is the best way for workers to have the right to choose a voice at their workplace. The Employee Free Choice Act is going through the usual legislative process, and we expect a vote on a majority sign-up provision in the final bill or by amendment in both houses of Congress.
In other words, Stern thinks that once the bill gets to the reconciliation phase where the Senate version and the version from the House of Representatives come together, they will slip that card check feature right back in when they think no one is looking.
That’s the underhandedness of Congress, folks. Nothing is ever a victory won. The forces of good must fight those Democratic Party forces of darkness every day.
So, let’s keep the pressure on those Congressmen. This bill is bad for workers, bad for business, and bad for government. Let’s keep working to kill it.