WILL THE PRESIDENT RESURRECT THE EFCA?

From the desk of Stephen Cabot: President Barack Obama, in an effort to shore up support from organized labor, said that he will push for stronger organizing rights for unions. One can assume, based upon such a promise as well as his appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board, that while the Employee Free Choice might be lifeless, it will soon rise from the dead. (The EFCA is beginning to resemble a vampire that cannot be slain). The president had made his revivifying remarks on August 4 to the executive council of the AFL-CIO. While the president received numerous standing ovations, he was warned that unions will only support those politicians who back organized labor’s multi-faceted agenda, which includes the passage of the EFCA. And the president stressed that his administration will, indeed, work to seek passage of the ACT, which – of course – he will proudly sign into law. (At that point, one can imagine another round of thunderous applause). However, knowing that he cannot get congress to pass many of labor’s pro-union initiatives, the president not only stated that "We are going to keep on fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act," but that he would use his executive powers to implement changes, ones that do not require legislative approval (e.g. the appointment of Craig Becker). It is apparent that Mr. Obama is siding with big labor and against Corporate America. That is not only bad for American businesses, but it is also bad for the entire economy, which affects all Americans, including union members.

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