The People’s Daily World, a publication of the Communist Party of America, reports that AFL-CIO Legislative Director Bill Samuel is happy “to be playing offense for the first time” in his career. That offensive agenda will certainly include efforts to eliminate elections in the workplace with the “card-check” bill and will certainly offend the rights of millions of Americans.
Federation President John Sweeney said of the election returns, “I think it’s clearly a mandate for a union agenda.”
Samuel said that the newly-elected “Blue Dog” Democrats “all signed on to the EFCA, for example.” EFCA is the Orwellian titled Employee Free Choice Act and will provide union bosses the ability to pressure, cajole and coerce workers into signing a card requesting workplace representation and eliminating the need for secret ballot elections.
The prime House sponsor of the bill — originally drafted by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) — is Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), who will chair the House Education and the Workforce Committee. The prime Senate sponsor is Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who will chair the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Both Miller and Kennedy easily won re-election on Nov. 7.
Let’s not forget that Miller signed a letter to the Mexican labor board in 2001 calling for a change in Mexican law to require the use of secret ballots in union representation elections. What’s good for Mexican workers isn’t good for American workers obviously.