March 10, 2009

RATHER FEW POLITICIANS KNOWINGLY VOTE THEMSELVES OUT OF OFFICE:

Labor Bill Faces Threat in Senate (MELANIE TROTTMAN and BRODY MULLINS, 3/10/09, WSJ)

At least six Senators who have voted to move forward with the so-called card-check proposal, including one Republican, now say they are opposed or not sure -- an indication that Senate Democratic leaders are short of the 60 votes they need for approval. [...]

Sen. Lincoln is one of several moderate Democrats expressing doubts about the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill would allow unions to organize workers without a secret ballot, giving employees the power to organize by simply signing cards agreeing to join. A second provision would give federal arbitrators power to impose contract terms on companies that fail to reach negotiated agreements with unions. Both provisions are strongly opposed by business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor are among the Democratic lawmakers who have backed off their previous support. [...]

Several of the lawmakers face tough re-election races in 2010, or represent states with few unionized workers. Mrs. Lincoln is running for re-election in a state that Mr. Obama lost, 59% to 39%. Mr. Specter could face a more conservative Republican in a primary in Pennsylvania next year.

Business groups spent more than $30 million last year on TV ads opposing the idea, mainly in states represented by moderate Democrats, such as Arkansas, Nebraska and Colorado.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2009 10:03 AM
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