Last week, Hillary CLinton and her competitors for the 2016 Democratic nomination* each met privately with the top leaders of the nation’s unions in individual attempts to woo the AFL-CIO executives into granting the labor federation’s much-coveted AFL-CIO endorsement.
While, at this point, HIllary Clinton’s main rival for the sought-after endorsement is the socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Clinton did not hesitate in dangling a carrot in front of the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s nose.
According to a report from the Marxist publication, People’s World, Clinton promised union bosses last week that, if elected, she would do everything she could to pass the misleadingly-named “Employee Free Choice Act.”
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton supports comprehensive labor law reform. And she says she really means it.
The former New York senator and Secretary of State under President Obama told the AFL-CIO Executive Council on July 30 that “I believe worker power is vital to increasing incomes,” in words she repeated at a subsequent press conference.
“I was an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act while I was in the Senate and will do everything I can to pass it” if elected to the Oval Office, she declared.
The Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was a failed bill that, if passed, would effectively eliminated employees’ rights to a secret-ballot election on the matter of unionization by using the flawed process known as “card check.”
In addition to card check, EFCA also called for the use of government-appointed arbitrators to determine employers’ wages and benefits, binding employees and companies into contracts as quickly as 120 days after unionization.
Prior to its defeat, employers were understandably vehemently opposed to the erroneously-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
However, just as importantly, for employees, EFCA would have effectively removed employees’ right to vote on 1) wether or not to become unionized, 2) vote on a contract, and 3) to strike if they were unsatisfied with whatever a government arbitrator imposed.
While EFCA was a priority with unions, who had spent millions on fighting to see it enacted from 2005 until it became clear it could not be passed after the 2010 mid-term elections, it is uncertain whether it is still high on union leaders’ agenda since the NLRB’s “ambush election rules” are now in effect.
* Note: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was the only Republican candidate who spoke with the AFL-CIO leaders last week. [See related post.]