The Quiet Before the Storm

We have been a bit quiet with this blog lately and mainly it is because it is the quiet before the storm.  What do we mean by that?  Well, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) s stalled in Congress and while unions would love to focus on this piece of legislation right now, there is something even more pressing between now and November--ensuring that the Democrats secure the White House and both Houses of Congress.  Why?  This is the one sure way to see the EFCA passed. 

It should come as no surprise to anyone that unions are an essential part of the democratic party's grassroots campaigning.  Unions provde manpower to staff the phonebanks, walk the neighborhoods and get voters to the polls.  It can be argued that they are the lifeblood of the democratic party and avid supporters of democratic candidates.  To return the favor for all the assistance that unions provide the democratic party, and to hold on to the unions' support and money, it is likely that a democratic President and democratically controlled House and Senate will yield passage of the EFCA.

So, the unions are in a vetting process right now to see whether Clinton or Obama will be the one to acede to the White House and bring them their coveted prize--the EFCA.  Recently, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a large service industry union, backed Obama.  Earlier in January, UNITE HERE, another large union comprised mailny of textile and service workers, also backed Obama.  Both SEIU and UNITE HERE seem to favor card-check recognitions over National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) elections.  Thier endorsement of Obama is a ringing endorsement that, in thier eyes, he will be the one to most effectively get the EFCA passed.

As we get closer to the general election we will begin to see the issues more narrowly defined.  One such issue will be the EFCA.  The economy is likely to be on the forefront and with that will come a dialogue on the EFCA.  Once this dialogue opens, expect the storm to start brewing.

 

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