|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Friday, July 17, 2009
EFCA --- Compromise a Done Deal?
"Card check" was the the thing that the bill was about--or so we heard for lo these many months. Now, it's left to the labor movement to explain why what will be left is good enough. That will be an interesting exercise.So Much for the 'Card Check Bill.'
More interesting to me was a 'tweet' from SEIU President Andy Stern, "we expect a vote in the bill or by amendment on majority sign-up in both houses of Congress." EFCA Compromise? at TPM, which follows that "clearly this compromise won't go down without several spoons full of sugar. "
The fact that Stern, who clearly knows the political reality, is making such a comment brings out the cynical fear that what is happening is what many in the business community feared all along. Card check was a stalking horse all along. The rejection of card check is going to be pitched as standing up to organized labor, and to aid in that perception many in organized labor (who secretly are ecstatic with what now seems within their grasp) berate the Democrats for selling them out.
Feeling victory based on the outcry of their opponents, many in the business community whose opposition was focused primarily on the card check provision will think that their mission has been accomplished and turn to other matters.
And almost under the radar, American labor law will be fundamentally changed.
The other thing that adds fuel to that thought is organized labor's desire to have a vote this month. Senate leaders are apparently of the opinion that it can't be done until September. (I am not quite sure why the Senate would want to undergo two more months of battering on this issue, because if they think its been hot up till now, they have not seen anything yet.) If no vote is scheduled until September then it might all come unraveled even if on this particular day in July the votes are there.
Because this is literally about how the American workplace functions, all with an interest, should stay very much engaged.