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.
Actually, the WSJ wasn’t all that forthright, but one step towards honesty at a time.
Unionize or Die
The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act but in practice makes it a dead letter. The bill allows a union to automatically organize a worksite if more than 50% of workers simply sign an authorization card, so pressure for employees to sign in public view would be enormous. The legislation also imposes a contract through binding arbitration if labor and management reach a stalemate.
Notice the difference that adding the rest of the sentence makes. The business community is terrified at the prospect that workers will now be able to effectively organize. I also don’t understand the nonsense at the end of the paragraph about “imposing” a contract. I assume there is some new provision which will prevent the kind of games that companies play when a union wins representation – like the nine year delay that Walmart just managed to pull off before it was ordered to start negotiating with the workers who won an election.
Whatever happens with this bit of legislation, the tide of public opinion has shifted, people being thrown out of their homes look at the bonus babies at AIG and elsewhere and have their “consciousness raised”.
Right now outrage and revenge are the primary emotions, but getting organized will follow.