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  • That snapping sound you hear is the AFL-CIO’s white flag of surrender flying over Dixie

    03/04/2014 9:01:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/4/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When the UAW failed miserably in Chattanooga and was not able to unionize the Volkswagen plant, even with a staked deck, it started a chain reaction and the next domino has fallen. The news that the AFL-CIO has decided to keep its money and not even try to save three Southern Democrat Senators comes as no real shock. The powerful union reviewed the polls and the political climate in North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas and decided backing the Democrats in these states would be throwing good money after bad. The decision left Democrat Senators Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu...
  • VW Vote Shows 'Card Check' Still a Fraud

    03/04/2014 12:43:49 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/1/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The recent defeat of a unionization effort by the UAW at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee was not only a major setback for the union, but also for those pushing "card check" legislation. Card check legislation, officially known as the "Employee Free Choice Act," was introduced in Congress in 2009 and would "authorize the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union . . . when a majority of employees voluntarily sign authorizations designating that union to represent them." In other words, employees would "vote" by signing a card in the presence of a union representative, rather than voting in...
  • Union Vote In Chattanooga Shows Danger Of Card Check

    02/18/2014 4:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Labor: Union bosses have contended for some time that a secret ballot isn't needed to unionize a workplace. All that's needed, they said, was employees' signatures on cards. But Chattanooga proved them wrong. For months the United Auto Workers have said a majority of workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee had signed cards expressing their interest in unionizing. Why bother with a secret ballot when the workers had already spoken through the "card check" approval process? Before a much-anticipated and widely followed union-representation vote held last week, the AP reported that Gary Casteel, Tennessee-based regional director for the UAW,...
  • Forcing “sick days” benefits into small business workplaces is merely backdoor Card Check

    07/01/2013 8:37:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/1/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The Democrats in New York’s City Council have overridden Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of its bill forcing small businesses to provide “sick days” to their workers. This is a cynical “end run” to Card Check. There is very little chance that Card Check, which would allow unions to “supervise” workers’ votes on whether to unionize, would pass even in today’s political climate. This has forced the desperate unions to find another way to increase their dwindling membership rolls. The numbers are clear; unions are being crushed under the weight of...
  • Unions, Lenin, and the American Wa Unions, Lenin, and the American Way

    06/03/2013 8:28:15 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 3 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | November 18, 2013 | Red Square
    1. Lenin: Trade Unions are a School of Communism The "card-check" debates in the US Congress reminded me of my own experiences with trade unions in the USSR, where organized labor was part of the official establishment and union membership was universal and mandatory. It also reminded me of how that system's seemingly magnanimous goals - fairness, economic equality, and social justice - in real life brought forth a rigged game of wholesale corruption, forced inequality, and grotesque injustice. Years later, the same Orwellian misnomers are catching up with me in America. One of them is called "Employee Free Choice...
  • Virginia Moves to Make Card-Check Unconstitutional

    12/13/2012 3:37:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Virginia is moving towards making card-check—the controversial union proposal to replace secret-ballot elections with simple card-signing petitions—unconstitutional in the state. The effort is led by State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) who said that “no citizen” should be denied the ability to vote by secret ballot. …
  • Federal Court Upholds 'Save Our Secret Ballot' (NLRB loses!)

    09/05/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT · by inkling · 24 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 5, 2012 | Lucy Caldwell
    Phoenix—In a strong rebuke to the Obama Administration Wednesday, federal district court Judge Frederick J. Martone ruled that the Secret Ballot Amendment, which protects workers’ right to secret ballot in union-organizing elections, is constitutional. Drafted by the Goldwater Institute in 2009, the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment was added in 2010 to state constitutions in Arizona, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah, by voter majorities ranging from 60 to 86 percent. The constitutional amendment was sought after President Obama and congressional Democrats attempted to end the use of secret ballots in union-organizing elections and force workers into a system called...
  • Union Thugs force Boeing of South Carolina to become unionized

    09/27/2011 6:34:46 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 32 replies
    National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation - Email | Mark Mix
    Last week, the U.S. House Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Obama Labor Board's recent onslaught of Big Labor power grabs that undermine worker freedom. National Labor Relations Board Chairman and former union lawyer Mark Pearce offered his spin after the hearing, calling the Board's decisions "fair and even-handed." The outrageous complaint against Boeing hardly seems fair to the thousands of South Carolina workers who could be forced out of their jobs all because they can't be required to pay union dues or "fees" as a condition of employment. But don't just take my word for it. At the...
  • Passion flows, pro and con, at Capitol over day care workers unionizing

    09/23/2011 5:25:20 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 9-22-11 | billy salisbiry
    I've never seen this much attention given to child care," Clarissa Johnston, a 24-year home day care provider, told a Minnesota Senate committee hearing Thursday night. The reason for the attention was the possibility that Minnesota's 11,000 in-home child care providers might be unionized. The providers who testified were deeply divided over the issue. During the three-hour hearing, they argued passionately for and against being organized into labor alliances. Proponents contended that forming a union would enable them to negotiate the state rules and regulations that govern their operations and affect their wages, benefits and working conditions. "Recognize our right...
  • Ten Job-Destroying Regulations (The Obama Administration's Greatest Hits)

    08/30/2011 8:34:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/30/2011 | Andrew Stiles
    When Congress returns from recess next week, the political conversation is going to be all about jobs. As President Obama prepares to outline his “very specific” jobs proposal in a speech, House Republicans are readying a plan of their own. A key element to the GOP jobs agenda will be identifying and eliminating federal regulations that are needlessly burdening business owners and in many cases preventing them from hiring new employees. To that end, House committee chairmen have put together a list of “the 10 most harmful job-destroying regulations,” and plan to take action over the coming weeks and months...
  • AFLCIO leads last-ditch effort to counter opposition to new pro-union quickie election rules

    08/22/2011 1:04:15 PM PDT · by matthewreporter · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/22/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    The AFL-CIO submitted more than 21,000 comments on behalf of people in favor of a new National Labor Relations Board proposed “quickie election” rule change on Monday. If the NLRB finalizes its proposed rule, the time between when union organizers file a petition and when an election takes place would be shortened to just 7–10 days. Traditionally, unionizing elections are held up to six weeks after organizers meet the petition requirements. Union spokesman Josh Goldstein told The Daily Caller that the 21,000 comments submitted right before Monday’s deadline “were organized by the AFL-CIO, primarily through our online tools that allow...
  • Union Attempting to Force Non-Union Employees to Join

    08/12/2011 2:34:43 AM PDT · by Toadman · 6 replies
    Plumas Lake Life online magazine ^ | 6 August, 2011 | Ryan McArthy
    Pickets appeared Friday morning at McCumbers Glass in Marysville over what a union representative says are issues involving wages, benefits and working conditions — but a co-owner of the business says its 12 employees don't want a union...
  • Schumer: ‘A Gun Held’ To Our Heads by GOP Over FAA Funding

    08/03/2011 7:13:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/3/11 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused House Republicans of “hostage taking” for not passing a “clean” short-term extension to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with no cuts, comparing the situation to “a gun held” by the GOP to the heads of Democrats. “The issue is not essential air service. It’s not even a labor issue. It’s the issue of hostage taking. It’s as if someone puts a gun to your head and says ‘give me your money’ and then you say, ‘why won’t you give them their money?’
  • Obama's labor union problem

    07/03/2011 2:23:10 AM PDT · by bobk333 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30, 2011
    Labor leaders bet big on an Obama victory in 2008, hoping Congress would enact, and the Democratic president would sign, "card-check" -- legislation designed to turn around labor's sagging membership rolls by ending secret-ballot elections in organizing drives. But card-check has never been able to pass the Senate -- not even when Democrats took over Congress in 2006. Instead, presidential appointees friendly to labor are deploying agency muscle. The latest example is taking place largely out of sight -- at the National Mediation Board, a little known agency that oversees union elections for railroads and airlines. Late in 2010, flight...
  • Brown vetoes card-check legislation for farmworkers

    06/29/2011 8:18:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/29/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have made it far easier for farmworkers to join labor unions, 36 years after making history in his first term by signing a law giving the low-wage employees the right to organize. Brown's veto disappointed and angered dozens of farmworkers who had camped outside his office late into the night Tuesday to try to pressure him into signing the measure. Democratic lawmakers joined supporters in the hallway as they awaited his decision, which came at 11 p.m. in the form of a press release to reporters. The governor refused to come...
  • Calif. bill would ease farmworker unionization

    06/28/2011 1:13:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/28/11 | ADAM WEINTRAUB, Associated Press
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Tuesday to act on a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize farmworkers in California, but growers characterize the legislation as a union power-grab. The bill would allow farmworkers to organize by signing a petition away from the fields, rather than holding a secret ballot election as they do now. Unions say the current system leads to intimidation by employers, while farmers say a petition system would make it easier for union organizers to bully workers into joining. Growers and other business groups also say greater unionization...
  • “Card Check” Used To Unionize Unsuspecting Mass. Teachers

    06/02/2011 5:38:44 AM PDT · by stompk · 11 replies
    Now we know why unionists were fighting so hard for a federal “card check” law. Organizers can unionize private and public employees, forcing them to pay hundreds in union dues, before they even know anything about it. That's the situation at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans, Massachusetts. Last week news broke that the reputable charter school was the second in Massachusetts to be organized by the American Federation of Teachers. Various sources indicated that the unionization effort was somewhat less than forthright. Several teachers complained that they were never informed about the process and were never asked...
  • “Card ,Check”, Used, Unionize ,

    06/01/2011 10:27:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/1/11 | Kyle Olson
    Now we know why unionists were fighting so hard for a federal “card check” law. Organizers can unionize private and public employees, forcing them to pay hundreds in union dues, before they even know anything about it. That's the situation at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans, Massachusetts. Last week news broke that the reputable charter school was the second in Massachusetts to be organized by the American Federation of Teachers. (Snip) Several teachers complained that they were never informed about the process and were never asked to vote on the issue.
  • California Assembly passes 'card check' for agricultural workers

    05/17/2011 7:25:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/17/2011 | Phil Boehmke
    The United Farm Workers Union is just a Jerry Brown autograph away from salvation.  The UFW which has seen its membership decline from more than 70,000 in the seventies to roughly 27,000 (including part time and seasonal workers) today is ready to fill its ranks and coffers through ‘card check.’   The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Assembly passed the ‘card check’ bill on Monday.  The measure, Senate Bill 104, cleared the Assembly by a vote of 51-26 with Republicans opposed.  It now goes to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not yet announced whether he will sign it. Proposed...
  • NLRB Seeks to Overturn Voter-Approved Secret Ballot Laws in Arizona, South Dakota

    04/28/2011 9:10:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 28, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – The National Labor Relations Board is seeking an unprecedented expansion of powers in a lawsuit to overturn voter-approved constitutional amendments in at least two states guaranteeing the secret ballot for union elections, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said. The NRLB contends it is perfectly within the agency’s jurisdiction to bring a “preemptive” lawsuit against the states. The agency announced it would move forward with litigation against the states of South Dakota and Arizona to strike the laws from the states that voters approved last November to guarantee employees have the right to vote via secret ballot...
  • NLRB continues its crusade to unionize America

    04/26/2011 11:58:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    American Thinker/Blog ^ | April 26, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    Fresh off its decision to ask an administrative law judge to stop Boeing's move to step up production in South Carolina because Boeing cited its wish to lower the risk of suffering more strikes, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is stepping up its game. Now Obama's NLRB is planning on suing two states, Arizona and South Dakota, seeking to invalidate those states' constitutional amendments that prohibit card check. This is just the latest step in Obama's campaign to reward and empower unions (and their campaign piggy banks) at the expense of jobs and growth (see "Unions Still in the...
  • United Farm Workers fight dwindling membership

    04/20/2011 10:14:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 4/20/11 | Gosia Wozniacka Associated Press
    WOODVILLE -- A dozen farmworkers sat in a circle of plastic chairs in a modest living room, listening as a union organizer talked about a bill she said would allow people to organize without fear, rebuild the union and improve conditions in the fields. The United Farm Workers of America drew national attention when workers led by Cesar Chavez inspired a boycott of table grapes in the 1960s and then forced vineyard owners to sign hundreds of contracts providing better pay and working conditions. But experts say employer intimidation, high worker turnover and demographic changes have resulted in union membership...
  • California Senate Passes Card Check [The Golden Finish]

    04/05/2011 1:33:36 PM PDT · by 92nina · 14 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2011-04-05 | Billy Gribbin
    In what was, unfortunately, not an April Fools’ joke, last Friday the California Senate approved S.B. 104, an initiative which will enable union intimidation of workers and tilt the playing-field toward Big-Labor. The legislation passed on a party-line vote, with Senate Democrats carrying the day, 24-14. The bill would legalize “Card Check,” a union election process which eliminates secret ballots at the whim of those employees wishing to unionize. Although touted by the left as a great advance for workers’ rights (a failed federal version was the misleadingly named Employee Free Choice Act), Card Check is nothing of the sort....
  • California Senate OKs farmworker 'card-check' legislation

    04/01/2011 3:37:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/1/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Acting on the birthday of labor rights leader Cesar Chavez, the state Senate on Thursday approved "card check" legislation that would give farmworkers seeking union representation an alternative to a secret-ballot election. Senate Bill 104 passed by a 24-14 party-line vote with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. It would let workers unionize if a majority of employees sign and submit petition cards to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. The bill, sponsored by the United Farm Workers union, also includes steeper penalties for employers who seek to block workers from unionizing.
  • Union Myths (Thomas Sowell)

    03/07/2011 9:00:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 8, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians. Nothing shows the utter cynicism of the unions and the politicians who do their bidding like the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" that the Obama administration tried to push through Congress. Employees' free choice as to whether or not to join a union is precisely what that legislation would destroy. Workers already have a free choice in secret-ballot elections conducted under existing laws. As more and more workers in the private sector...
  • NLRB Shills for Card Check

    01/17/2011 11:18:18 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2011 | Geoffrey Burr
    Amidst a week of major events dominating the news landscape, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dropped a bomb last Friday afternoon.  Apparently, the NLRB felt the need to flex some muscle and has threatened to sue four states over laws passed by voter referendum in November.  The laws in question would guarantee workers the right to a secret ballot when deciding whether or not to join a union. NLRB's actions are a naked attempt to protect Big Labor's favorite organizing tool -- card check --  which also is a key component of the widely unpopular and job-killing Employee Free Choice Act.  Under...
  • U.S. Plans to Sue 4 States Over Laws Requiring Secret Ballots for Unionizing

    01/14/2011 6:58:22 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 50 replies
    NYT ^ | 01/14/2011 | Steven Greenhouse
    The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that it planned to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah in an effort to invalidate recently approved state constitutional amendments that prohibit private sector workers from choosing a union through a process known as card check. The labor board asserts that the amendments conflict with federal laws and are pre-empted by those laws. The state amendments were promoted by various conservative groups concerned that Congressional Democrats and President Obama would enact legislation allowing unions to insist on using card check, in which an employer recognizes a union as soon as...
  • Feds threaten to sue states over union laws

    01/14/2011 2:23:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/14/11 | SAM HANANEL, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The National Labor Relations Board on Friday threatened to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah over constitutional amendments guaranteeing workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections. The agency's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said the amendments conflict with federal law, which gives employers the option of recognizing a union if a majority of workers sign cards that support unionizing. The amendments, approved Nov. 2, have taken effect in South Dakota and Utah, and will do so soon in Arizona and South Carolina. Business and anti-union groups sought the amendments, arguing that such secrecy...
  • Sherrod Brown's Double Standard [Typical Democrat Hypocrisy]

    12/15/2010 2:43:59 PM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2010/12/14 | Billy Gribbin
    ...Brown has been quite vocal in his support for the dreadfully mis-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would force public ballots upon laborers voting for or against unionization. This is the devious initiative known as Card Check. Apart from overriding state laws and handing even more power to radicals in the current administration, Card Check would open a door for large-scale voter intimidation, a tactic often used by union bosses to supplement their dwindling membership. It seems as if, in Brown’s mind, the freedom to vote as one wishes should be held only by people like himself: we are...
  • Obama Rigs Unionization Voting

    12/08/2010 4:21:22 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 06 Dec 2010 | Ronald Kessler
    Today, only 7 percent of the private sector is unionized. Desperate to reverse that trend, President Obama’s two appointees to the National Mediation Board changed rules for airline and railway union elections in May and stacked the deck in favor of unionization. Both are former union bosses. As a result, in Delta Air Lines’ flight attendant workforce of 20,000, for example, if only 5,000 employees voted, and 2,501 of those employees say they wanted to join a union, the union would be certified to represent the entire workforce. The Obama appointees also changed the rules so there is no direct...
  • The union Card Check scheme is finally dead after the big Democrat losses Tuesday

    11/05/2010 8:29:03 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 14 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | NOVEMBER 5TH, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Now that the dust has settled from the conservative hurricane that blew across America Tuesday night we can begin to get into the fine points of how big this win actually was. Despite being smothered by the Democrat controlled media, one of the best things to come out of our victory is the death blow we dealt to Big Labor’s Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA) scheme commonly known as Card Check. Under this blatant assault on our liberties, unions would be able to steal the secret ballot from America’s workers. This sneaky plot would have allowed union thugs to enter...
  • Union 'Card Check' a Smokescreen for Lame Duck Pension Bailout (more generational theft)

    10/29/2010 7:16:15 AM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | Friday, October 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Big Labor is pouring money into two Democratic U.S. Senate races, attempting to secure a union pension bailout during a lame duck session of Congress. As previously reported on HUMAN EVENTS, new Federal Accounting Standards Board rules set to take effect on Dec. 15 threaten to shake up unions and the businesses entangled in multi-employer union pension plans that have been mismanaged and underfunded well before the 2008 financial upheaval. The economic downturn has only exacerbated the problem. Recent reports show hundreds of thousands of dollars in union cash pouring into races for Democratic Senate candidates Michael Bennet and Joe...
  • Labor helps key Senate Dems (Joe Manchin, Michael Bennet), but abandons most House Blue Dogs

    10/28/2010 8:27:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Alexander Bolton
    Organized labor is holding its nose and spending money to protect key Democrats in the Senate, hoping to create a bulwark to hold back Republicans in the House. But labor has abandoned 26 House Democrats who did not support the union agenda in the 111th Congress, leaving them to be pounded by corporate-funded third party groups. Two of the nation’s biggest labor unions, AFSCME and SEIU, have spent generously on independent expenditures to help Democratic House candidates. But Blue Dog Democrats and other Democratic centrists who did not support healthcare reform or the Employee Free Choice Act are facing a...
  • Once more: Stop the special-interest, speech-squelching DISCLOSE Act

    09/22/2010 8:50:52 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 1 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 22 September 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    They won’t take no for an answer. So we have to give them both barrels again. On July 27, the Senate voted down the Democrats’ union-friendly, loophole-ridden, Orwellian-titled DISCLOSE Act. The bogus campaign finance reform bill was, as Sen. Mitch McConnell put it, a “transparent attempt to rig fall elections” that was written “behind closed doors” with help from lobbyists and riddled with political carve-outs for labor and other deep-pocketed organizations. Now, the hide-and-seek hypocrites on the Hill have resurrected their union pay-off. Priorities, you know. Hapless Harry Reid is leading the charge:
  • NLRB Opens Door to Stealth Card Check Despite Becker's Conflict of Interest

    09/17/2010 12:46:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 16, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
      In placing radical union lawyer Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) via recess appointment this past March, President Obama may have produced a more potent weapon to advance organized labor's interests than even he may have realized. In a 3-2 decision on August 27, the board voted to review its ruling of three years ago, Dana Corporation [351 NLRB No. 28 (2007)], which granted dissenting workers the right to undo a successful (i.e., employer-recognized) union card check campaign. The board thus has given unions some new ammunition for realizing its top priority of forcing, and...
  • Obama: Pro-Union ‘Card Check’ Dead, So We’ll Use Regulation

    09/14/2010 7:01:03 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 13 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/13/2010 | Sean Higgins
    During a backyard event with some supporters in Fairfax, Va., today, President Obama conceded something that all observers of Big Labor politics in Washington have known for a while: “Card check” legislation is dead. But he told supporters of the law not to worry since the administration has other ways of doing this: Frankly, we don’t have 60 votes in the Senate. So the opportunity to actually get this passed right now is not real high. What we’ve done instead is try to do as much as we can administratively to make sure that it’s easier for unions
  • Big Labor’s Stealth Card-Check Strategy (NLRB will "pass it" after election)

    09/07/2010 3:46:00 PM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/7/10 | Mix
    Having failed to pass the legislation they want, union bosses turn to the executive branch.After spending over a billion dollars to elect Barack Obama president and Democratic majorities to Congress in 2008, Big Labor thought it had bought enough support to ram through a “card check” bill that effectively eliminates secret-ballot votes for unionization and lets federal bureaucrats dictate contracts to employees and employers. But despite an intense, union-boss-backed lobbying campaign, attempts to pass card check stalled as elected officials felt the heat from voters, who are overwhelmingly against the bill. With a vote on the legislation unlikely between now...
  • Dem's agenda is costing American jobs

    09/06/2010 4:17:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    sky hi daily news ^ | September 5, 2010 | Tim T. Schowalter
    The anti-business agenda of Obama and the Democrats is a major factor. The only way a job is created is for someone to risk their money to start or expand a business. Anyone considering that must look at current and future economics. That look shows an increasing level of financial risk and headaches as Obama keeps pushing for higher taxes, higher energy costs, more regulation and more forced unionism. Obama Care has a new accounting nightmare, that requires a 1099 for all financial business transactions over $600... Obama is still pushing for the card check bill, which eliminates the secret...
  • Obama Administration Calls Unions a Human Right in U.N. Report and Refers to 'Card Check'

    09/06/2010 7:43:59 AM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 35 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | September 6, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Among the tidbits buried in the first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report of U.S. Human Rights issues was the section excerpted (starting on page 6) below. The Obama administration has declared unionization a human right and indirectly equated it to freedom of speech, freedom of religion and other normal human rights. 23. Freedom of association also protects workers and their right to organize... Workers regularly use legal mechanisms to address complaints such as threats, discharges, interrogations, surveillance, and wages-and-benefits cuts for supporting a union. These legal regimes are continuously assessed and evolving in order to keep pace with a modern...
  • Arizona immigration law a human rights violation? GOP's family feud?

    09/01/2010 7:55:31 AM PDT · by wmileo · 5 replies
    The Arena from Politicos daily debate ^ | august 30, 2010 | Bradley A. Blakeman
    The president and his administration that was suppose to unite America has divided our nation. They have pitted states against states, the federal government against states and now the federal government has sold us out to the international community for misplaced scrutiny and scorn to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The Arizona law mirrors almost verbatim, well settled federal law with regard to immigration law and enforcement. If the Arizona law is a violation of “human rights,” then surely the federal law is as well as is Mexico’s law and I suspect many other nations' immigration laws. It is despicable...
  • Video: AFL-CIO President Talks About Passing "Card Check" During the Lame Duck Session of Congress

    08/12/2010 1:33:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/11/2010 | CSPAN
    During C-SPAN Newsmakers interview (8-8-10), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka comments on the importance of the Employee Free Choice Act, saying "it's part of the solution to creating an economy that really does work for everybody." He also said he thinks EFCA will be back on the floor by the end of the year.
  • Obama, Speaking to AFL-CIO, Calls for Dumping Secret Ballots in Union Elections

    08/05/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 5, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, seeking to rally support for embattled Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, on Wednesday pledged his support for a card check bill, which would eliminate secret ballots in elections to unionize workplaces. Obama told the AFL-CIO Executive Council that his administration has taken many measures to help union workers and move the beleaguered economy in the right direction.  “We passed the Fair Pay Act to help put a stop to pay discrimination,” Obama told the union leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday. “We’ve reversed the executive orders of the last administration that were designed to...
  • Fox News: Pelosi calling House back in session to pass Card Check, bail-out California

    08/04/2010 1:11:45 PM PDT · by pabianice · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News Channel | 8/4/10
    Just headline so far. Did you really think Mad Dog Pelosi would rest? Awaiting similar news from Reid.
  • Obama urges labor to be patient

    08/04/2010 12:52:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 4, 2010 | Kara Rowlands
    Trying to reclaim some of the excitement among unions who helped him win election in 2008, President Obama on Wednesday implored members of the AFL-CIO to be patient with the pace of the recovery and warned them they and the economy would suffer far worse under Republican rule. "I'm sure you're talking to a lot of your locals, I'm sure they're feeling like, 'Boy, change has not happened fast enough,' " he said. "I am happy as president of the United States to take responsibility for making decisions that are going to put us in a stronger position down the...
  • (VIDEO) Pelosi Says She Wants EFCA Passed Soon

    07/29/2010 1:39:09 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 6 replies · 1+ views
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed the Communications Workers of America, reaffirming her commitment to passing EFCA: “Of course we are committed in our party and we passed over and over again and we hope that it will be the law of the land soon, the Employer Free Choice Act.” Union pressure to pass EFCA, or the card-check bill, began in earnest over a year ago, but the legislation– at the time– took a back seat to the health-care reform and “cap-and-trade” energy bill debates. Under the proposed legislation, if union organizers can get a majority of workers to sign...
  • Sen. Harkin Promises Return to Card Check

    06/25/2010 8:40:58 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 06/25/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Hill is reporting that Iowa’s leading Democrat, Senator Tom Harkin, is promising that the lame-duck Senate will again take up Big Labor's favored Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA), the famous card check act that is neither good for employees nor one that facilitates "free choice" of any kind. Apparently, what's bad for the nation is easier to push when Democrats already feel that the 2010 election will erase their giant majorities in Congress so they want to launch a last ditch effort to sneak this through before the people can speak at the ballot box. And isn't that just...
  • Senator Harkin Hints 'Card-Check' Bill Could move During Lame-Duck Session of Congress

    06/24/2010 9:03:10 PM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/24/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) suggested Thursday that Democrats might attempt to move "card-check" legislation this year, perhaps during a lame-duck session. Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, strongly disputed that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, or "card-check") was dead in the Senate. "To those who think it's dead, I say think again," Harkin said on the liberal Bill Press radio show. "We're still trying to maneuver," the Iowa Democrat added, explaining that if Democrats can't move the bill in its entirety, they might try to pass key parts of the union-organizing legislation...
  • 10 million dollars later, Blanche Lincoln's win is is a big loss for "Card Check"

    06/18/2010 7:22:38 AM PDT · by brucek43 · 4 replies · 483+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | 6/18/2010 | Kevin "Coach" Clollins
    Isn’t it so satisfying to see a schoolyard bully get knocked flat on his back? Last week’s Arkansas Democrat Senatorial primary gave us just that image to savor. The Big Labor thugs and criminals took it on the chin and their attempt to bully and blackmail Blanche Lincoln failed. The sin Lincoln had committed is her failure to back Labor’s scheme to use the power of the federal government to force unwilling workers to join unions through all but rigged voting without benefit of the secret ballot. We won the showdown Lincoln is an opponent of the deceptively named Employee...
  • Business groups see victory over unions in Sen. Lincoln’s primary victory

    06/10/2010 6:21:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies · 250+ views
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/10 07:35 PM ET | By Michael O’Brien and Kevin Bogardus -
    Business groups opposed to “card-check” legislation declared victory after Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s win in a Democratic primary in Arkansas. Unions had worked hard to defeat Lincoln, who opposed legislation that would have allowed unions to form if a majority of members signed cards indicating their intention of wanting union representation. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was the No. 1 issue for unions in this Congress. “A massive investment on the part of union bosses, which they will not be able to duplicate in other races, resulted in a loss for Big Labor’s poster-child candidate, producing a general election where...
  • Crist scrubs campaign site of pro-life support (Now supports Card Check too)

    06/08/2010 10:47:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies · 54+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    What does a man whose only political principle is his own survival do when attempting to distance himself from his former political party? If you answered “go pro-choice,” then you get the Florida kewpie doll. Charlie Crist has scrubbed his campaign website of its former support for the pro-life cause, but not quickly enough to keep Marco Rubio and Life News from noticing it: ..................................................... Recently, as Mr. Crist addressed the AFL-CIO, headlines emerged in Florida papers reading, “Crist: Open Ear About Employee Free Choice Act.” Crist stated he would be “open” to a bill that would put 600,000 jobs...