Saturday, May 9, 2009

We need to give the EFCA the best spin possible

I don't like the PA Blog posting below.

Our job is to give Card Check the best spin possible no matter what the legislation ends up containing.

If it passes we need to proclaim it a victory no matter what is in it.

We want the employers to happy. We want workers to think they won something so they maintain confidence in us and our coalition partners.

Friday, May 8, 2009
Is EFCA History?
Thomas Riggins

Now that the Democrats are approaching their filibuster proof 60 vote margin they have decided to "compromise" on EFCA (Wall Street Journal 5-7-09). They want to pass the bill with two modifications. They will retain "free" elections as demanded by the employers and get rid of the card signing provision for establishing union representation, and they will eliminate the right of arbitrators to set the contracts if the two sides can't agree. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated flatly the employers won't accept "government arbitrators telling an employer how to run their business." Am I wrong or are these two compromises striking at the heart of EFCA? Is EFCA history now that the Democrats have caved into the corporations? I guess there is a reason the system is called "monopoly capitalism."

Let's not have any more negative speculation like this.

Sam Webb
National Chair, CPUSA

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