Monday, March 2, 2009

Dems defecting on EFCA

This is the third in a series of posts re the Employee Free Choice Act. Here is the first, and the second. We'll continue to keep everyone apprised of what's happening with this bill, as it's definitely on Obama's to-do list.

Will enough Dems support this bill? Or will lack of political will beat out pro-labor legislation?

Read Sam Stein's HuffPo piece here.

And here's a short video that demonstrates this Dem defection in Colorado, and how activists there are dealing with it:

The thing is, this really shouldn't be difficult or controversial. This is, as Darcy says, about the basic rights of workers to organize. EFCA is a bill that passed the House in 2005 and 2007 on a bi-partisan basis. While it came up short of a filibuster-proof super majority in the Senate in 2007, cloture garnered the votes of every single Democrat in the Senate (including Landrieu, Lincoln, Pryor and, yes, Salazar) plus both Independents and even Arlen Specter. Add to that the fact that during his run for the US Senate last year, freshman Colorado Sen. Mark Udall had been a co-sponsor of EFCA in the House, promised to support it as a Senator, and won by 11% despite the fact that EFCA foes ran ads targeting Udall as someone who would "take the secret ballot away."

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