Romney Thinks Obama Will Reintroduce EFCA… Good One…

By: Monday September 24, 2012 11:50 am

The guy Mitt Romney thinks he’s running against sounds fearsome. On a Sunday night conference call with voters in Iowa, Romney warned that President Obama is hell-bent on “forcing people to join unions that don’t want to.” Not only is this entirely false, but even the less-scary thing it’s based on doesn’t add up. Twice [...]

Holdup of New Union Election Rules a Consequence of Punting on EFCA

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 10:55 am

The failure to pass better rules for forming labor unions during the 2009-2010 period has now shown its full costs. Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked the more modest union election rules approved by the National Labor Relations Board, on the grounds that the NLRB did not have a quorum when it approved the rules. [...]

Labor Falls in Line

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 9:46 am

I remember a lot of fanfare over this Joan Walsh column, where labor leaders claimed they were “declaring independence” and moving to state and local politics for the purposes of self-preservation. Indeed, some of that has happened. The International Association of Fire Fighters closed their federal PAC. Labor poured a lot of money into the [...]

Lincoln’s Audacity: Asks Opponent to “Come Clean” on Key Issue

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 8:34 am

This is really something. Blanche Lincoln thinks her opponent needs to “come clean” on an issue of importance: (Blanche) Lincoln’s refusal to support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was one of the issues that prompted labor groups to back Halter’s primary bid. “My stand on this legislation is the reason D.C. unions are in [...]

PA-Sen: Specter Picks Up AFL-CIO Endorsement

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 11:26 am

Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat now running for re-election, has received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in his primary campaign against Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak. Specter has received plenty of labor endorsements before, even when he ran as a Republican (they backed him in 2004 over Democrat Joe Hoeffel). But considering that Specter vocally opposed [...]

Unions Skeptical Of Commitment from President On Their Issues

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 1:51 pm

The AFL-CIO is holding their annual conference this week, coming just as President Obama applauded the mass firing of the teaching staff at a Rhode Island high school. And this just underlines the serious concern they have with the President’s commitment to their agenda items and the needs of working people. Coming the day after [...]

Scott Brown To Be Sworn In Tomorrow, Saving The Nation From An NLRB Nominee Who Actually Cares About Workers

By: Wednesday February 3, 2010 1:42 pm

Michael Whitney at Work In Progress has already hit this, but I just want to look at the timeline here. • Craig Becker is nominated to the National Labor Relations Board last April. There are two missing seats on the Board, making it non-functioning. A deal is struck to move them all together, filling out [...]

Pelosi: No Tough Votes For The House In 2010

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 8:01 am

It’s hard to read this statement as anything but that: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has privately told her politically vulnerable Democratic members that they will not vote on controversial bills in 2010 unless the Senate acts first. After a year of bruising legislative victories that some political analysts believe have done more to jeopardize her [...]

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