Friday, July 17, 2009

Democrats drop "card check" from EFCA

Democrats have decided to drop the 'card check" provision from the Employee Free Choice Act. This provision was criticized for eliminating worker's rights to a secret ballot during union election campaigns. This is a great victory for democracy lovers. In place of "card check," there will be shorter times before union elections.

From the New York Times:
A half-dozen senators friendly to labor have decided to drop a central provision of a bill that would have made it easier to organize workers.

The so-called card-check provision — which senators decided to scrap to help secure a filibuster-proof 60 votes — would have required employers to recognize a union as soon as a majority of workers signed cards saying they wanted a union. Currently, employers can insist on a secret-ballot election, a higher hurdle for unions.

If you wonder why "card check" is bad, let progressive and labor supporter George McGovern explain the issue to you.

George McGovern on the Employee Free Choice Act (video)

1 comment:

Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

This was a good call by the Dems. Our next step is to make organizing a federal law so we can stop these bogus "right to scab" laws.

Glad to have you on board with us BGP.