Update, 10:00 AM: Labor Pains’ Justin Wilson has a more thorough refutation of Big Labor’s new report here.
In an effort to ramp up their efforts to pass the Employee Forced Choice Act (EFCA), Big Labor is touting a new report that suggests employers are rampantly breaking the law (PDF) during union organizing elections. The problem? The report’s data all are based on interviews with union organizers — hardly an unbiased source.
But anything goes. While Big Labor appeals to EFCA apologists who need rational cover with impressive-sounding reports, it seems they also think they must appeal to the populist masses of religious believers. So they have sent clergy member lobbyists to Washington, DC, to insist that card-check legislation is a “moral imperative” of “social justice”. (Huh?)
And here I thought the “God opposes the secret ballot” phenomenon was just in Colorado.
The twin tactics are so weak and transparent that I’m forced to wonder whether it’s all a sign of political desperation. With the Democrat “stars” aligned in our nation’s capital, Big Labor’s chances at successfully skewing labor law further in favor of pro-union coercion may never be this good again. Along with EFCA, untold millions in political payouts are teetering in the balance.
Never mind that Big Labor’s legislation:
- Is undermined by the debunking of the “Employer Advantage” myth
- Effectively would deprive workers of a secret ballot in workplace elections — which would protect them from intimidation by union organizers and employers alike
- Is opposed by liberal icon George McGovern for its expensive mandatory binding arbitration procedures
- Would cost our struggling economy many thousands of American jobs
A biased report manufactured from union organizer interviews and the work of several dozen Religious Left lobbyists doesn’t overcome any of these problems. With this kind of intense Big Labor advocacy, however, Colorado’s own appointed U.S. Senator Michael (Back ‘N’ Forth? Both Ways?) Bennet may not emerge from beneath his desk for weeks.