Union Card Check Legislation On Back Burner

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Economy, Jobs, Unions

Looks like all that money and influence peddling won’t stop Dems from pushing this hot button issue off to the side for a while.

From WSJ:

It hasn’t been much noticed, but the political ground is already shifting under Big Labor’s card-check initiative. The unions poured unprecedented money and manpower into getting Democrats elected; their payoff was supposed to be a bill that would allow them to intimidate more workers into joining unions. The conventional wisdom was that Barack Obama and an unfettered Democratic majority would write that check, lickety-split.

Instead, union leaders now say they are being told card check won’t happen soon. It seems the Obama team plans to devote its opening months to important issues, like the economy, and has no intention of jumping straight into the mother of all labor brawls. It also seems Majority Leader Harry Reid, even with his new numbers, might not have what it takes to overcome a filibuster. It’s a case study in how quickly a political landscape can change, and how frequently the conventional wisdom is wrong.

Paradoxically, it’s Mr. Reid’s bigger majority that is now hurting him. In 2007, he got every Democrat (save South Dakota’s Tim Johnson, who was out sick) to vote for cloture. But it was an easy vote. Democrats like Mr. Pryor knew the GOP held the filibuster, and that Mr. Bush stood ready with a veto. Now that Mr. Reid has 58 seats, red-state Democrats in particular are worried they might actually have to pass this turkey, infuriating voters and businesses back home.

The thing about this legislation is it’s not addressing any immediate need, nor does it even seem fair to the normal voter…so why tackle it now? Because the unions threw money at the problem? Looks like they could be in for a rude awakening.

Obama and the Dems need to focus on issues that affect every single American and not waste time on passing legislation that will allow unions to potentially strong arm folks. It just doesn’t make any sense.


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One Response to “Union Card Check Legislation On Back Burner”

  1. Nick Benjamin Says:

    Stron-arm tactics by unions in a card check election are a right-wing paranoid fantasy. AFAIK there has never been a time, in the enbtire history of mankind, where a union has bullied workers into joining. I know that’s true in the US and Canada. Ontario actually had card check for years, and exactly zero cases of unions strong-arming unwilling workers.

    There’s a reason for that. Workers can get rid of a union they don’t want whenever they fell like it. And union votes take place on private property. Go you really think the UAW can sneak dozens of toughs onto a major manufacturing plant, and not have trouble with armed security guards?

    OTOH, it’s SOP for employers to hire dozens of extra gaurds to watch the vote.

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