“Card Check:” What’s Wrong with Arbitration?
The part that nobody much is talking about in the debate over the “Card Check” legislation is the fact that once the union is recognized, if the union and the employer do not reach agreement, their dispute goes to arbitration. I’ve done more arbitrations than most people in America and I’ve done real, adversarial interest arbitrations, the kind of arbitration this bill mandates. There aren’t | Read More »
Union’s Card Check is the New Jim Crow Poll Tax
One of the most odious aspects of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is the card check feature. This feature gives unions the “option” to supplant a secret ballot election held among workers for instituting a union with a publicly signed card that announces the voter’s intentions for all to see. In this way, unions claim, “elections” will be easier. Unions also point out that | Read More »
Former Union Leader Opposes Card Check Bill
The City Wire of Fort Smith, Arkansas, published a piece giving a former union leader space to announce that he opposes the elimination of the secret ballot that is the card check feature of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). His reasoning is spot on with why card check is a bad idea that will materially hurt American workers. And then there is Neal Catlett, | Read More »
Reid: Without GOP Help, Card Check Could Take a While
This is the best news I’m likely to hear today. I’m also thrilled that Harry Reid is willing to ‘blame’ the Republicans for any delay in passing Card Check; it demonstrates that his political instincts haven’t gotten any sharper. God-willing Card Check will be soundly defeated, and Reid and the Senate Democratic leadership will hold a series of press conferences and public events castigating Republicans | Read More »
Card Check is bad, but so is current process
I used to be employed by a union and before that I lead a union organizing drive at a department store. I’m against card check, but the current NLRB process for elections tilts the process to the employer’s advantage. I hope I can present a balanced perspective why Card Check is a horrible idea. But first, a little bit about my background that influenced this | Read More »
Big Unions Angle to Eliminate Small Ones
We’ve talked about it several times here on the blog; the hostile takeover of smaller unions. It has been Andy Stern’s main modus operandi (President of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU). The idea is to roll into the territory of a local, smaller union, make back room deals with the employers to get their assistance, and then lead a forced take over of | Read More »
Dems to Take up Card Check on Tuesday
The Senate has secret elections for its leaders. The House of Representatives also uses a closed ballot, one not open to public view, for its own members. We all, you and I, have a secret ballot when we vote for president or for our local officials at our local polling place. It’s one of the oldest aspects of the democratic system. Yet, Democrats want to | Read More »
Beware! EFCA Is Coming!!
According to some political sources, the Employee Free Choice Act- better known as the “card check” law- may be introduced in the Senate this week. According to the rules established, the law will originate in the Senate instead of the House this time around. Essentially, this change to the National Labor Relations Act would eliminate the need for secret ballot elections if more than 50% | Read More »
Democrats Pick Trade War With Mexico?
Barack Obama and the Democrats swept to power on a promise of doing more to restore good relations with key trading partners. To that end we’re selling Eastern Europe out to Russia in a vain attempt to deter Iranian nuclear ambitions, and we’re giving UK Prime Minister copies of Toy Story. And when it comes to treaty compliance, Congressional Democrats are eager to stiff Mexico, | Read More »
Union Opposes Rail Safety Suggestion, Instead Offers to Enlarge Membership
The United Transportation Union is coming out against a rail safety measure suggestion because, the union claims, the idea violates the “privacy” of union employees. Instead of agreeing to the safety measure, however, the union used a recent accident that killed 25 train passengers as an excuse to try and force companies to double the number of train operators, thereby enlarging union membership. Put succinctly, | Read More »
Why Didn’t Obama Invite Any Health Care Experts to His Health Care Summit?
Update: It looks like the list of participants is considerably longer than Roll Call reported. Sorry to have steered you wrong. Although I still wonder what half the groups on the linked list have to do with health care! Roll Call reports on the White House’s list of groups it invited to send a representative to today’s health care summit: The White House delayed releasing | Read More »
Union Execs Meet at Swanky Resort Hotel
As union members lose their jobs all across the country, the AFL-CIO executive council met at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach, Florida this week. The union bigwigs met at the Fontainebleau where the cheapest room rings up at $400 dollars a night. Were I a union member, I might take exception to such extravagance for union bosses. Especially in an economy like this.
These Are the People Supporting EFCA
The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the union friendly law currently sitting idle in Congress awaiting a Big Labor financed president to get around to addressing it, has some very interesting supporters. We’ve been told, of course, that we shouldn’t worry about Barack Obama and his followers, that they are just as American as anyone else. That claim of red-blooded Americanness is a bit hard | Read More »
EFCA Would Destroy Small Businesses
Editor’s Note by Erick: W. Thomas Musser is chairman of The Tri-M Group, LLC – an electrical solutions company in business 45 years – located in Kennett Square, PA. He knows first hand the dangers of card check. This week, a number of economists will come together to tell Americans about their plans to “rebuild prosperity.” What they won’t tell us is how the law | Read More »
A State-By-State Breakdown of Union Membership for 2008
The Public Service Research Foundation has finished its research into how union membership was distributed throughout the US for 2008. It looks like some very useful info: The Public Service Research Foundation has announced that it has updated its state-by-state, sector by sector tables and charts on employment, union membership and union density for 2008 and is making them available. Information about union membership is | Read More »