Friday, February 05, 2010

AFL-CIO official's demagoguery on the so-called Employee Free Choice Act

Stewart Acuff, special assistant to the president At the AFL-CIO, cooked up a demagoguery stew for Huffington Post entitled, "Restoring the Right to Form Unions and Bargain Collectively."

Acuff fails to inform the reader when that right was taken away. Perhaps there will be a sequel.

Acuff is touting something called the Employee Free Choice Act, which if enacted, will dispense with secret ballot elections and replace them with "Free to Peek" petition drives called card check. Who might be asking you to sign? Perhaps your supervisor. EFCA is part of the triumvirate of bad bills pushed after Barack Obama's election by the Democratic far-left, the other two being ObamaCare and cap and trade.

Both bills are dead, and EFCA hasn't made it out of committee in the 111th Congress.

From Acuff's awful offal:

The legislation has the support of President Obama and the US House of Representatives which passed it 241-185 in March of 2007. The Employee Free Choice Act has the support of a majority of the US Senate. But under the current rules in the Senate you need not a majority -- 50 votes-- but a super-majority of 60 votes to move legislation to where a vote to pass it can even take place.

We are very close to the 60 votes we need. It we aren't able to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, we will work with President Obama and Vice President Biden and their appointees to the National Labor Relations Board to change the rules governing forming a union through administrative action to once again allow workers in America access to one of the most basic freedoms in a democracy--the freedom of speech and assembly and association so that workers can build the collective power to challenge the Financial Elite and Get America Back to Work.

Then, imagine, if forming a union were a simple, straightforward act, if the boss were powerless to stop you and if you could bargain for a fairer share of the wealth you create with your work and a real slice of the productivity you generate. And if together we could help one in five workers or one in three workers form unions where they work, then, together, unified we could have the people power to counteract the money power of the Financial Elite.

Take another look at the middle paragraph. Acuff wants our democratically-elected (that's right, small "d") Congress to replace a secret-ballot process with an undemocratic one. If that fails, and my guess is that the Dems can't even muster 50 Senate votes for EFCA, then Acuff wants the NLRB to rule by fiat--undemocratically, and quash a democratic process. In the name of "freedom of speech and assembly and association."

War is peace
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength.

George Orwell, "1984."

Related posts:

Financially ailing AFL-CIO funding push for Obama's health care plan
AFL-CIO pension funds group sign $500 million letter of committment on Olympic housing project
Nonsense from a South Dakota AFL-CIO official about card check
"Creative accounting" creates problems for AFL-CIO
AFL-CIO meeting at luxury hotel in Miami Beach
Union boss threatens lawmakers on EFCA
WSJ: Beware of the new Employee Free Choice Act
Report from the bloggers' conference call about EFCA with Rep. Tom Price
Multi-employer pension blues
Union members: More equal than others in Obama's America
EFCA still sub-sixty?
Report from the bloggers' conference call on EFCA and cash for union coffers
Report from the bloggers' conference call on EFCA and under-funded pensions
SEIU prez: Union spent $60.7 million to elect Obama
George McGovern: "The ‘Free Choice’ Act Is Anything But"
Report from the bloggers' conference call about Employee FORCED Choice binding arbitration
Report from the bloggers' conference call about card check
Former union organizer talks about card check
Minority business groups coming out against card check
Sen. Mitch McConnell on card check
Report from the bloggers' conference call with Rep. John Kline talking about EFCA
Card check update: "A mortal threat to American freedom"
Blagojevich and union "card check"
Employee "free choice" may drive economic uncertainty

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1 comment:

virgil xenophon said...

As you're list of related posts suggests, this is such a "target rich" environment for Orwellian newspeak irony that one doesn't really know where to start. Glad to see that the Obama administration is making sure the nation is exposed to the greater glories of the "Chicago way" style union politics.