Blue Dogs vs. ACORN on Card Check

Two interesting pieces of the card check puzzle have fallen into place over the last 24-hours.

First, it was revealed on Huffington Post that ACORN has joined the card check fight on the side of Big Labor.

Second, the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives have apparently urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi NOT to bring card check up again this year and told her she cannot count on their votes.

Major conflict on the issue of Unionization vs Union Intimidation, where does our NH Delegation stand on this issue.

We are betting --- Senator Shaheen, Rep Hodes and Rep Shea-Porter are all indebted to the Unions and will tow the line on any votes involving Unions, no matter how small the actual NH Union membership may be or the lack of desire by NH Citizens to want Unions.



The broad coalition for a more just America is lining up behind the legislation and mobilizing its constituencies from the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to community organizations like ACORN to a broad spectrum of people of faith to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the NAACP and hundreds more.



Blue dog Democrats oppose card check

Posted on 18 February 2009

By David J. Sanders

According to Arkansas opponents of the federal Employee Free Choice Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have a tough time getting moderate Blue Dog Democrats to support the union-backed legislation more commonly known as card check....[more at link above]


Big Labor is gearing up for a big card check victory ...


With Stimulus Done, Labor Turns To EFCA


Marc Ambinder

February 17, 2009

The Atlantic


UPDATE: 2/21/09



Gearing up for Card Check


Philip Klein

February 19, 2009

American Spectator

The progressive group I Am Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress, is gearing up for a major push on the Employee Free Choice Act, and is organizing a petition drive. On its website, it promotes research showing higher hourly wages and better benefits for union employees. What it doesn't show is how unions cripple business with their demands, as evidenced by the problems with the domestic auto industry. The push by progressive groups comes on top of a campaign by big labor for this anti-democratic piece of legislation, which would deny workers a secret ballot election on unionization, thus allowing unions to swell their ranks through intimidation. During normal times, this would be a recipe for disaster, but to bog down workplaces and make it more difficult for businesses to function during a severe economic crisis is utterly insane.

To be clear, when I use the word "intimidation" I don't mean that it has to take the form of some hulking cartoon character meeting workers in the back alley with a baseball bat, but more subtle forms of peer pressure. I was forced to join an AFL-CIO affiliated union when I was a financial reporter at Reuters because it was a union shop, and during contract negotiations I was constantly hounded by union reps to go along with their juvenile tactics, like wearing a red union t-shirt in the office, or participating in mini walk outs in the form of mass 15-minute coffee breaks. If you didn't go along, you'd start getting messages from union-friendly co-workers, or sometimes while you were working, union shop stewards would come by your desk and start lecturing you on the need for solidarity. I happened to be too stubborn to ever partake in their silliness, but eventually, most everybody else in the office went along just so they'd stop being bothered by union reps and co-workers. If unions' only obstacle to organizing is getting 50 percent of workers, plus one, to sign a card, then such workplace harassment will become common. It will likely get much worse, because the stakes will be higher. Anybody who doesn't recognize that either has a vested interest in this legislation, is being intellectually dishonest, or has never been a member of a union.


UPDATED 2/21/09

Will Stern strong-arm unions to join the SEIU?

Ed Morrissey

February 19, 2009

Hot Air

Politico notes that Andy Stern has chosen a strange time to start infighting among labor to expand his power. With the EFCA, known better as Card Check on the docket, Stern has launched a potentially distracting tug-of-war with Unite HERE, a union with plenty of internal problems as it is:

It's a moment of great promise for the labor movement, with a friend in the White House and its biggest legislative goal seemingly within reach for the first time in a decade.

But Andy Stern isn't exactly pausing to soak it all up.

Instead, Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union and perhaps the labor movement's most prominent national leader, is marking these heady days for labor by jumping head-first into a nasty internecine dispute — proposing that another major union end its civil war by merging into the SEIU.

The result could mean expanding Stern's already powerful union into a 2.5-million-member megalith.

Some in the labor movement question why Stern is choosing this very moment to wade into the increasingly contentious fight within the ranks of Unite HERE — suggesting that the good times are the wrong time to put forth an image of top union leaders squabbling over how best to expand their ranks.

Actually, Stern sees it much differently. He sees this moment of Hope and Change as the perfect time to "settle all accounts", as a fictional "community organizer" put it in an Academy Award-winning movie. With a Democratic Congress and Barack Obama in the White House, Stern sees clear sailing for Card Check. The fact that he's willing to get involved in this fight shows that Stern doesn't believe he needs to provide undivided attention to get Card Check through Congress — not exactly a soothing point for its opponents.

How has Stern helped heal union rifts in the past? This interview with former United Health Workers organizer Alexandra Early might give a good perspective. Go to about the 48-minute mark and you'll hear her describe the brotherhood demonstrated by Stern's SEIU:

Q. Well Andy Stern is now supporting this Employee Free Choice Act, EFCA. Why don't you talk about that and your experience with that in relation to what you're going through now?

A. We're actually going to have a rally about this on Wednesday because there's been a lot of stewards who've been punished because they've been putting out petitions, moving petitions in their facilities to try to get a vote to decide what union they want to be in. For example there was a steward who was threatened by their new representative; their representative threatened the steward by saying, 'if you keep on moving that petition, I'm going to have you suspended.' This was the union representative talking to his steward. Speaking like a boss. ...

Q. So the SEIU, Andy Stern's official agent from outside California was telling a worker in California, a shop steward, that he would be suspended if he continued getting signatures for a petition?

A. Yes, and Dave Regan said to us in his meeting on Monday, the Monday after the union was taken over, he said that any stewards that were moving this petition, they should be removed from their title. These are elected stewards that Dave Regan is going to decide who needs to be removed from their position as steward. So they're saying, "Oh EFCA, all workers should have a free choice to join a union," but, you know, except for California and members of UHW because those workers shouldn't have a free choice.

Q. And if they had a free choice, what do you think the vote would be?

A. I mean, their idea of a free choice and a free vote, it would say "Do you want SEIU UHW or do you want SEIU UHW," you know? Because their vote last time of home care nursing home workers, which we boycotted and sent protestors in—there were more protestors than there were votes—in this last election the choices were "Do you want to have your union divided into nursing home and homecare workers separate from hospital and Kaiser workers or do you want your union to be trusteed?" That was the choice. There was no [option to say]: "I want things to stay the way they are and I want to keep on enjoying the rights I have in the union now." There was no choice. And they called that a fair vote.

Q. That was a democratic vote according to Andy Stern and his people?

A. That was a democratic vote. Right.

Feel the Hope and Change of the new administration. We can expect more of these tactics once Card Check gets passed in Congress. It's practically a blank check for Stern and the "Union Boss Bills" of the labor movement.


UPDATED 2/21/09

Big Labor to Target Workers IN THEIR HOMES

Amanda Carpenter

February 20, 2009



Big Labor wants members to make house calls to gin up support for their agenda, which includes "card check " legislation Congress is expected to begin work on soon.

Check out this flyer below from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

 "You'll probe and start organizing campaigns, develop worker committees and conduct house calls to workers," it says.

 House calls to workers? Notice it doesn't say "to members." It says workers. That means these union advocates, also known as "thugs" in many locales, are going to be showing up on your doorstep to talk about card check, whether you want to talk about it or not. They're going to be looking up home addresses and sending people out. Pulling in your driveway and knocking on your door.

 Don't tell me that's not intimidation.

 It sounds a little Michael Corleone-ish to me. "Where my family sleeps...where my children play with their toys.."The flyer alos mentions working with "political allies."

 You can bet they probably aren't Republicans.