Kia Franklin

Speaking of good articles…

While I'm at it giving kudos, I thought I'd add these two pieces explaining the benefits of the Employee Free Choice Act, which we've only mentioned briefly on TortDeform.

First, Amy Traub (also of DMI) has a great post on DMIBlog, EFCA 101: How We Can Bail Ourselves Out. She explains:

As we look for a path back to the economic good times we’ve also got to face the fact that, for a lot of Americans, the good times of the 21st Century so far weren’t actually that good. At the peak of the last economic cycle, during a time of high productivity and soaring corporate profits, middle-class Americans still hadn’t recovered the ground lost in the last downturn. We earned less, borrowed more to make ends meet, and were even less likely to have employer-sponsored health care. Something is deeply wrong with that picture.

What this tells us is that working people don’t have enough power in the labor market to ensure that their incomes keep pace with the rising cost of living – even during the best of times. Historically, one powerful way to build that power has been through labor unions.

...Organizing a union is supposed to be a right in the United States, but legal protection for organizing has eroded over time. A bill called The Employee Free Choice Act would restore that right, streamlining the process for employees to decide on union representation. Predictably, corporations that would rather not pay higher wages or contribute to employee health care oppose the bill fiercely. But it's a fight worth having. In times like these we need not only a bailout, but the tools to bail ourselves out. Once a stimulus plan is in place, we need the Employee Free Choice Act.

Read the full blogpost here. Amy explains how strong unions support a healthy middle class, and she also gives some background about the groups that tend to attack measures to support and strengthen the ability to unionize.

Second, Seth Michaels at AFL-CIO links to a piece written by businessman Joe Diecedue, which argues for the business/employer-side interest in supporting the EFCA. From that post:

Written from the perspective of a businessman and employer who knows his business needs economically secure consumers, the article is a great antidote to the short-sighted and false attacks that are coming from industry lobbyists and anti-worker lawyers.

When a worker does well, business does well. Business can sell and retain customers who can afford to pay. No one wins when everyone struggles.

Diecedue cuts through the anti-worker spin and misleading arguments, and focuses on the problem the Employee Free Choice Act is aimed at fixing: Workers have less and less power to bargain for a better life, and the economy is suffering as a result. A fair economy that works for everyone, Diecedue says, is a stronger economy for workers and business alike.

Good stuff.

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Jan 02, 2009 in Civil Justice | Labor/Employment | Pro-Civil Justice Reforms
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The lawyer wants unions to do to the nation what they did to US car makers. Why? To generate lawyer jobs.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | January 3, 2009 10:31 AM

The "benefits?" There are none. The Card Check Act is ludicrous. I really hope everyone does their homework and learns what it is, what it does and how it will affect this nation in already fragile times. This website does a stellar job of laying it out in no uncertain terms. Definitely check it out.

Posted by: Ashley | January 3, 2009 5:34 PM

The bill should be renamed, The Tony Soprano Union Election Foregone Conclusion Or I Bust You Face Bill. And racketeer controlled unions are still better than supercilious, left wing, economy destroying, financial crisis causing, productivity busting government thug unions. Once a deal is made with Tony Soprano, and he has been taken care of, one knows the work will get done, however, expensively.

The hate filled left wing union extremists want to take out our country, to put a Chavez style dictator in office, and cannot be controlled. Instead of just the mobsters' having phony no-work jobs, every one of the workers has phony no-work jobs, in the form of productivity killing "rules."

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | January 3, 2009 8:55 PM

I don't know what unionization has to do with preserving the tort system. Unions have often been on the wrong side of the issue, opposing tort and civil rights plaintiffs when the unions see their sinecures threatened. Greater unionization will not mean greater access to the courts; it will mean that unions will be more able to prevent suits against themselves or their interests.

Posted by: B. Cooper | January 5, 2009 3:51 PM

The secret ballot is the very hallmark of democracy. Anything that tries to circumvent the secret ballot, as this legislation does, is anti-democratic. But then, the Democratic Party has never been about democracy

Posted by: Avenger | January 7, 2009 11:28 PM