Archive for the 'Employee Free Choice Act' Category


Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Our Jonathan has been following Jonathan Tasini for sometime, but I only stumbled across him myself this morning as I was reading up on the what I think may be the story of the 2009 legislative year: The Employee Free Choice Act. Why do I think that? Because it creates a fundamental and dynamic shift […]

“We are complying with the order to meet with this union and listen to what they have to say.”

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

This is what justice looks like: Nine years after a handful of meat cutters at a Texas Wal-Mart store voted for union representation, the company and the union are at the bargaining table. But it’s not quite a conventional collective bargaining relationship: Rather than negotiating over pay and benefit issues, though, the two sides are […]

The EFCA wars continue

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Via a posting on Think Progress: In a stunning reversal, the anti-labor Wall Street Journal editorial page admitted today that one of the key messages in Big Business’s fight against the Employee Free Choice Act is false. “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act,” wrote the WSJ editors today. […]

About those bonuses…

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

My brain is on Spring Break already (whether this means I’ll write more or no posts next week I have yet to determine), so I’m outsourcing this analysis to Wake-Up Wal-Mart: Today, Walmart announced that they would pay around $2 billion to their hourly workers through direct bonuses, merchandise discounts, contributions to 401(k) retirement plans […]

Best. EFCA post. Ever.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Just a taste from Facing South: Labor advocates point out that the passage of the EFCA could have a huge impact on improving wages in the South and play a vital role in the region’s economic recovery from the current downturn. Indeed leading economists have explained that pro-worker labor reform should be a key component […]

Walmart finally forced to bargain collectively with American workers.

Friday, March 13th, 2009

I bet you thought Walmart’s worst nightmare was the Employee Free Choice Act. Nosiree, Walmart’s worst nightmare is happening right now. This is a new press release from the United Food and Commercial Workers union (via Wal-Mart Watch): Yesterday, after nearly a decade of legal maneuverings and circumventions of federal law, Wal-Mart was finally forced […]

Why is Walmart like a 3-year old child?

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

From Dow Jones: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) feels certain that Congress will not pass the pro-union bill introduced this week, a Wal-Mart executive said Thursday. “In the end, we are confident that Congress will get it right and it will be defeated,” Wal-Mart Treasurer Charles Holley said at a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch consumer conference […]

How not to pick stocks like Jim Cramer.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Speaking of financial genius, the militant capitalists at CNBC give us more of that Citibank analyst’s call about how the big, bad unions are going to kill Walmart: “The bill would greatly simplify the process of union formation, limit the ability of employers to caution employees against unionization, [Ed: “Use caution when deciding whether to […]

What if the Employee Free Choice Act makes Walmart workers more productive?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

If Citibank says sell, I’d buy (assuming, of course, I wanted to make money off human misery). Because after all, Citibank has been doing so well lately. PS I know Citi is up today, but really, isn’t that kind of thinking what got the economy into trouble in the first place?

Liar, liar, pants on fire.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The Wall Street Journal: The [Employee Free Choice Act] would “effectively eliminate freedom of choice and the right to a secret-ballot election,” said Daphne Moore, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. “We believe every associate or employee should have the right to make a private and informed decision regarding union representation.” Really? Let’s go to […]

Walmart: Obeying the law is a “nonstarter.”

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I realize that this is just a summary from a business magazine rather than what Walmart actually said. I’m sure the Wal-Flack who said it was much more subtle, but you know that’s what they’re thinking: The Arkansas-based discount giant, which operates a single Chicago store, says it can bring thousands of jobs to the […]

“You don’t have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.”

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Politico explains how Walmart can single-handedly stop needed labor law reform that could put money in the pockets of its own customers: Card check passed the House in March 2007 and narrowly failed in the Senate. Only one Senate Republican, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, broke party ranks to support cloture. Now, labor unions are hopeful […]

Note to Andy: It’s because she supports the Employee Free Choice Act.

Friday, February 6th, 2009

I think it’s the first one, Mr. President.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Barack Obama, 1/15/09: You know, now if the business community’s argument against the Employee Free Choice Act is simply that it will make it easier for people to join unions and we think that is damaging to the economy then they probably won’t get too far with me. If their arguments are we think there […]

“I believe in unions.”

Monday, February 2nd, 2009