Friday, May 8, 2009

Is EFCA History?

Thomas Riggins

Now that the Democrats are approaching their filibuster proof 60 vote margin they have decided to "compromise" on EFCA (Wall Street Journal 5-7-09). They want to pass the bill with two modifications. They will retain "free" elections as demanded by the employers and get rid of the card signing provision for establishing union representation, and they will eliminate the right of arbitrators to set the contracts if the two sides can't agree. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated flatly the employers won't accept "government arbitrators telling an employer how to run their business." Am I wrong or are these two compromises striking at the heart of EFCA? Is EFCA history now that the Democrats have caved into the corporations? I guess there is a reason the system is called "monopoly capitalism."