Thursday, June 04, 2009

Et tu, Brute?

So you think the Democratic Party is the party of the little guy? You think the Democrats stand shoulder to should with union leaders? You think Democrats even give a shit about the union members whose campaign donations they plead for every election cycle?
How Corporate America Has Outmanueverd Organized Labor
Is Card Check Dead?

The fight for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) appears to be stumbling, with Corporate America increasingly confident that it will defeat the most "controversial" parts of the pro-union legislation.

If passed in its current form, EFCA would make it easier to form unions by giving workers the option of gaining representation when a simple majority of employees signs union cards, a method often called "card check." EFCA would also increase fines on employers for violating workers' right to organize and make it harder for companies to weasel out of initial union contracts by imposing binding arbitration if negotiations stall.

In May, the president argued for compromise on EFCA, saying "I'm supportive of it, but there aren't enough votes right now."

But because of the timidity of Democratic politicians and their backers in the union movement, big business has been able to project its case against EFCA. The result is that an upside-down "bizarro" version of what workers actually face predominates in the mainstream discussion of the legislation.
Should have seen this coming. Well, I sort of did because on all fronts, on nearly every campaign promise to he made to the working American man and woman, President Oreo is in full retreat into the cozy confines of his corporate overlords arms.

Face it. We are fucked. I'm sorry I voted for the guy. I thought he would listen but, instead, he's just the make-up artist putting new lip stick on the same old sow.

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