Labor Law Guy

Labor Begins Big EFCA Drive, Claims 1.5M Signatures

Posted in Federal Labor Law, Random Musings, State Labor Law by laborlawguy on February 6, 2009

The AFL-CIO descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday in support of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), bearing a petition with a claimed 1.5-million signatures. The laborite love fest came a few days after Vice-President Joe Biden said “welcome back to the White House” to his union cronies and pledged support for the EFCA.

However, though loudly dismissed by the AFL-CIO as bogus (anything that doesn’t compute in the world of liberals and labor is immediately labeled a “lie,” so nothing is new here), recent polls seem to show the country is a) not too union friendly and b) not much in favor of the EFCA.

The one poll I found most interesting was released by the Center for Union Facts showing that 20 percent of those polled were either in unions or had family members who were, while 79 percent were not. So far, so normal. Then, on the second question–“Would you like your job to be unionized?”–82 percent said no, and only 13 percent said yes. Unless the people indicating they already belonged to a union (or a family member did) were excluded from this question, this means that perhaps some 35 percent of those belonging to unions wanted out.

However, the Center for Union Facts is a front organization for businesses opposed to unionization, and it’s run by a man so hated by the left that he is called Dr. Evil. The man is Rick Berman, who relishes his title, but even his own son has come out and denounced him. David Berman, a songwriter who just disbanded his Silver Jews group, called father Rick a “despicable man” and a “human molestor” on a blog last week.

So, we have to ask ourselves if all this hatred for Rick Berman is because he’s a) telling the truth, b) succeeding in stopping unionization, or c) lying and fabricating a union smear campaign. (Or all of the above?)

If we can question Berman’s poll result, how about another one from a group called the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace?

The unions say this is another front organization for businesses and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that is spreading misinformation and dirty, rotten lies to stop the EFCA. Applying the Berman standards here, does this mean that the Coalition should be trusted because the unions spend so much time bashing it, or that we should ignore everything it does?

Anyway, the Coalition surveyed Obama voters from the 2008 election and found that 73 percent of Obama supporters are opposed to the EPCA and that 81 percent of them believe in secret ballot elections for unionization.

Things are heating up in D.C. even though Punxsutawney Phil just proclaimed six more weeks of winter.

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  1. Greg Rivers said, on February 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Unions are corrupt. The point they severed 70 years ago was a good one however over the years they have been an excuse for people to be lazy. Unions are just like the mob. They’re crooked and and do things their way. There really isn’t any accountability for the work they produce either. They use threats to get what they want but they never think that perhaps it’s not the employer that makes things bad for them but perhaps the employee does it to their self. Bullies are not smart they’re bullies because they use their scary image and sometimes mere power to control people.

    The state of California is broke and teacher unions are screaming for more money. Yet what they don’t tell you is that they are the highest paid teachers in the entire country. Yes, cost of living is high in California but the drop out rate among students is one of the highest in the country also. Why should they get paid more and how is being paid better relate to giving kids a better education.

    Unions…I think their should be a law against them.

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