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Archive: Apr 2009 (Page 3)

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown Predicts EFCA Compromise

    Posted on Apr 23, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Sen. Sherrod Brown predicts that EFCA will undergo a major rewrite before the U.S. Senate will consider the legislation again. Sen. Brown, an ardent supporter of EFCA, said that the legislation will not get enough votes in its current form and expects a compromise to emerge. This might not be welcome news for labor officials, […]

  • Lawyer Discusses Why EFCA Is A Concern

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    In a Q&A with The Oregonian, labor and employment lawyer Rich Meneghello discusses why he opposes card check. In addition to the effective end of the secret ballot, which he worries that “employers are concerned they’ll wake up one day to find a union certified without them even know it was going on,” Meneghello also […]

  • Op-Ed Argues That Prevailing Wage Law Is Discriminatory

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    A Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed argues that prevailing wage laws, a union favorite, are discriminatory towards minority workers. The author takes issue with Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage law, which was passed in 1961, 30 years after the Davis-Bacon Act. Prevailing wage law sets “minimum” wages for public works in a particular region. Historically, prevailing wages were used […]

  • No Quit In Card Check Fight

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Roll Call reports that “pro-EFCA groups showed no mercy on Capitol Hill this week” as labor continues to aggressively push for card check. Labor officials downplayed the talk of compromise on EFCA. AFL-CIO’s Bill Samuel said, “I don’t think the question is ‘Are we open to compromise?’ The way Congress works, a bill is marked […]

  • GM To Stall 15 North American Plants

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    General Motors plans to stall 15 North American assembly plants for up to nine weeks, beginning sometime mid-May through July. The shutdown will result in thousands of layoffs. Despite its well-publicized financial woes, GM will be forced to pay laid off workers most of their pay due to the United Auto Workers contract requiring the company […]

  • Ensign Not Complacent On EFCA

    Posted on Apr 22, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Las Vegas Review-Journal reports on Sen. John Ensign’s efforts to stir up support against EFCA at the grassroots level. Ensign, still worried about EFCA’s possible passage in the future, refuses to become complacent on EFCA. The article also highlights an interesting grassroots event simulating card check. Particpants were asked to submit cards for a free […]

  • Dept. of Labor Seeking To Weaken Union Oversight Rule

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The Department of Labor has rescind a regulation that would increase scrutiny over union finances. Currently, unions are required to file annual financial disclosures to the department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. The information is utilized to investigate embezzlement, fraud, and other forms of financial corruption. It’s an interesting decision, given that the department’s own criminal investigations […]

  • Gingrich Op-Ed Highlights Binding Arbitration In EFCA

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The Politico has an op-ed today by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich focusing on another damaging component of EFCA: binding arbitration. The binding arbitration provisions in EFCA  require employers and workers to accept terms dictated by a federal bureaucrat. Workers will not only effectively lose their right to a secret ballot under EFCA, […]