Card Check, Nominees, and DontNukeTheSenate.com

July 14th, 2013 by Admin

Our friends at the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace highlight this for us. The immediate threat of eroding the Senate’s filibuster rules could be near-immediate passage of card check by controversial political opponents.

The campaign’s new site is http://dontnukethesenate.com/

AMERICA TO REID: DON’T NUKE THE SENATE

July 14, 2013
CDW Launches Six-Figure Campaign To Block Senate Rules Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. // Today the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), a nationwide coalition of more than 600 non-profits, associations, and other organizations, launched a campaign opposing Sen. Harry Reid’s “Nuclear Option” to blow up the Senate’s long-standing rules. If successful, Reid’s effort would permanently jeopardize a central function of the Senate and could pave the way for a multitude of harmful laws and regulations.

The initial six-figure investment will be used to launch a campaign called “Don’t Nuke the Senate,” a multi-pronged attack designed to educate constituents of key districts about the immediate danger threatening the democratic process. The campaign includes the launch of a new website, www.DontNukeTheSenate.com, print ads in beltway newspapers, and an expansive digital advertising campaign.

“Don’t Nuke the Senate” warns constituents and politicians alike about the fallout from what has been called, “Harry Reid’s Nuclear Option,” and there are plans for continued investment in the project, said CDW Chairman Geoffrey Burr.

“We are taking swift and decisive action to block the immediate threat from Sen. Reid’s ‘Nuclear Option,’ which would have detrimental fallout for supporters of just about every contested issue under consideration. If this is allowed to come to fruition, it will fundamentally change the legislative body and the political landscape forever. We plan to educate voters and make sure Senators know that it is in no one’s interest—not even their own political interests—to allow this dangerous and unprecedented power grab in the Senate,” Burr said.

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is a coalition of workers, employers, associations and organizations who are fighting to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot when workers are deciding whether or not to join a union.

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PRESIDENT IGNORES CONSTITUTION, DECADES OF PRECEDENT TO ADVANCE SPECIAL INTEREST UNION AGENDA

January 4th, 2012 by Admin

WASHINGTON, D.C. // JANUARY 4, 2012 // Today, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace lambasted the recess appointments of three Members to the National Labor Relations Board, saying the President violated the intent of the Constitutional separation of powers to avoid working with the Senate to clean up the destruction wrought by his previous recess appointee, Craig Becker.

Today’s announcement of the appointments of Terence Flynn, Sharon Block and John Griffin comes despite a specific written request of 47 Senators in December. The move, which installs Block and Griffin, whose names were only submitted recently, means the President has abdicated his responsibility for working with the Senate to arrive at a package of nominees that can responsibly put the NLRB back to work and clean up Becker’s galling record of anti-employer, anti-employee, pro-union bias.

CDW chairman Geoffrey Burr said, “The administration has flouted the will of elected officials by bypassing the Senate and contravening the intent of the Constitution. This provocation threatens the basic system of checks and balances instituted by America’s Founding Fathers by undermining the Senate’s right to confirm persons for key public service roles.

“The President is refusing to work with Congress to run the country responsibly. In fact, he’s attempting to rewrite the Constitution and its established interpretations regarding recess appointments, all in the name of stacking the Board with Members who are more likely to do the bidding of Big Labor than focus on policies that protect workers, encourage economic growth, and increase employment.”

Burr concluded, “We urge the President to consult with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who blocked recess appointments for the final two years of the George W. Bush administration over concerns about the practice.”

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NLRB: It’s To Check Everyone But Unions, Sen. Reid?

May 11th, 2011 by Admin

Check out this article and quote by Sen. Harry Reid as he defends the National Labor Relations Board against charges of grossly overstepping its bounds to tell the Boeing company where it can or cannot move its facilities:

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Card Check: So That Didn’t Happen …

March 22nd, 2011 by Admin

Card check was the 800-pound gorilla in the 2008 election. By 2010 it was the issue almost every politician — except die-hard friends of Big Labor bosses — was looking to avoid taking a vote on or voicing support for as the anti-democratic, job-killing Employee Free Choice Act languished.

Well, now Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) has announced the federal legislation’s Time of Death. He said today “It’s not going to happen now.”

And a good thing, too. Union members didn’t like it. The vast majority of employees (non-union) didn’t like it. Voters didn’t like it. Politicians didn’t like it. It was the bill so bad it had multiple fatal flaws.

As with all bad ideas, though, the core threat lives on the action of the seemingly captured agency of the National Labor Relations Board, where Member Craig Becker is pushing Big Labor’s agenda big time. Check out our friends at MyPrivateBallot.com for running news on the Board.

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NLRB: Special Interests in Specialty Healthcare Case

March 9th, 2011 by Admin

From the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace:

WASHINGTON, D.C. // MARCH 8, 2011 // Today, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) submitted a brief on what may be the most significant and troubling case before the National Labor Relations Board – Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile and United Steelworkers, District 9, 356 NLRB No. 56 (2010).

At issue in Specialty Healthcare is whether Big Labor may organize by cherry picking groups of workers that support the union without providing many co-workers who may oppose the union an opportunity to vote. Such a ruling would reverse over 50 years of standards for bargaining units.

As a result of the decision, businesses could be forced to bargain with multiple unions for similarly situated employees, with each group of employees having separate wage schedules, benefit packages and work rules. Businesses, workers, consumers and the economy would suffer, as the negative impact on business productivity and competitiveness would be significant.

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NLRB: Becker Renomination Pits President’s Words, Actions

January 27th, 2011 by Admin

Today the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) decried President Obama’s renomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. The coalition warned that the decision has put the president

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