Joe Biden Promises Crowd That EFCA Will Pass

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In Pennsylvania today, Joe Biden said that EFCA will become a reality.

Biden attended the annual labor parade in Pittsburgh, which was attended by thousands of people — many union members. EFCA also known as “card check” is one of the pieces of legislation that President Obama promised would pass while on the campaign trail.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, these were Biden’s words about the Employee Free Choice Act:

“If you wanted to join a union, you could join a union and not be stopped by employers,” Biden said. “We’re going to get that done with the help of Arlen Specter.”

Arlen Specter is one of EFCA’s main sponsors, but his support for the legislation has fluctuated due to fears from the GOP that the bill would “kill jobs.” Unions argue that EFCA would actually help lift American families out of poverty and into the middle class. Unions jobs tend to pay better and offer benefits. EFCA would make it easier for workers to form a union by using only card check — the process where workers sign a card to agree to have a union, instead of the longer election process.

Unions currently are putting pressure on Specter and on California Senator Dianne Feinstein to support the legislation and ensure its passing. Pro-business interests are trying to get the card check provision to be dropped from the legislation. Compromise has been tough and Democrats have come up with alternatives to save the good that EFCA would bring by proposing that elections be done by mail instead of at the workplace, thus protecting workers from employer retaliation.

Biden’s words today offer encouragement to unions to not give up on Congress or the White House. With health-care reform in Obama’s plate, EFCA will have to wait a bit longer. Already the political environment for the pro-union legislation has been overwhelmed by fear mongering from the GOP, but unions are trying to leverage their power to see that EFCA makes it through. SEIU, the largest union in the country, has been at the forefront of the fight releasing videos on YouTube to encourage people to support EFCA. Other unions are banding together as well.

Watch SEIU’s “The Horror of the Employee Free Choice Act.”

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5 Responses to Joe Biden Promises Crowd That EFCA Will Pass

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Snowball
    September 7, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Does this make anyone else queasy? Does anyone really believe that we can get something more without it costing us something down the road?

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1One_American
    September 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    EFCA’s “One Card” system will actually prevent Americans from obtaining jobs if they do not sign the card supporting the Union thugs.

    Just another loss of freedoms from the Obama Communist dictatorship.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Foundation of Freedom
    September 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    The secrete ballet has always been the foundation of freedom. I say if sign a card is such a fair and good idea, let the employers get them signed. Can anyone out there seriously contend that Union organizers have not used intimation? This would give them the ultimate weapon.

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Dan
    September 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    What a ridiculous movie. Are democrats so stupid that they won’t notice that this ad mentions nothing specific?

    1. Our opponents are trying to scare you
    2. CEO’s don’t like us
    3. We will make everything beautiful

    Urm… How about something specific like – you will lose the right to a secret ballot if they want to install a union in your company.

    It’s a good thing we have concealed carry laws now – because I’d be carrying after an open ballot in some places…

  5. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bezukhov
    September 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    If I hear one more comment about some one else’s “lavish lifestyle” I will flip out. I don’t compare my present circumstances with those of my contemporaries. I prefer to gauge my standard of living with those that came before me. Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt and the rest of those “robber barons” would probaly give their left arms to enjoy what I get for my lousy $300 a week. And I have the free enterprise system to thank for it.
    P.S. I am the least religious person around, but isn’t Envy one of the 7 deadly sins?

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