Elaine Chao: Union transparency “more important than Beck;” EFCA “terrible”

by Ivan Osorio on August 25, 2009 · 6 comments

in Economy, Labor, Regulation

Today, at the Heritage Foundation blogger briefing, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao described the union transparency requirements introduced during the Bush administration as “more important than Beck.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 decision in CWA v. Beck is crucial in protecting individuals’ First Amendment right not to be forced to pay for speech or political activity with which they disagree. Under Beck, workers who are required to pay for union representation may reclaim the portion of their dues that are not used for representation purposes — which usually means the portion of their dues used for politics.

Of course, individual workers need to know precisely which portion of their dues is going to politics, which is why accurate and complete union financial reporting is important to rank-and-file members. Organized labor’s leadership fought the new requirements, claiming that they would impose huge administrative costs, but in fact the costs have been minimal for organizations as large as national labor unions.

Those financial reports are now available at unionreports.gov. Current Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, whose appointment was criticized because of her close ties to organized labor (including on this blog), could prove her impartiality by continuing and expanding this program — and she does have a lot to prove, given her past overwhelming support from unions.

Asked about the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), Chao described it as an effort by unions to turn the tide on their declining fortunes. “They are losing membership and clout, and they want to change the rules of the game,” she said. She added that Democrats in Congress, who got considerable help from organized labor in gaining their majority in 2006, and expanding it in 2008, want to reward that loyal constiutency.

Noting that EFCA’s first provision, which would have made secret ballots a dead letter in union organizing elections, might be dropped in the  of popular opposition, she warned, “but do not be comforted or assuaged, because the other amendments of this bill are anti-democratic, as well.”

She referred to EFCA’s binding arbitration provision, which would enjoin a federally appointed arbitrator to impose a contract on a newly unionized company if management and the union could not reach agreement on a contract after 120 days. Thus, “the union can hold out and not negotiate, because theyknow that after 120 days, the government will come in.”

“There is nothing in this bill that is worth salvaging,” she said. “This bill is terrible, in that it is employed by the Demorats to reward their allies.”

For more on binding arbitration, see here.

Cybercorrespondent August 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

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Bill Simms August 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Chao made it pretty clear during her time in office that she hated workers and was a lackey for Bush an big corporate interests. At least she is now admitting she was nothing more than a hack. Bush and his ilk nearly destroyed this country's entire economy in 8 short years. Now its left to the adults (the Democrats) to clean up Bush and Chao's mess.

cybercorresponden August 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm

The so called adult Democrats, with the help of groups like Acorn, have created the mess and without Bush’s veto power a total destruction of this country is a very real possibility. Now Obama wants to create a personal army of so called civilians to enforce his agenda. Is that why some of the stimulus money went to prisoners in hopes to recruit them after they are released? In just a short time, the so called adult Democrats, or should I say the far left has already caused enough damage. If Obama keeps printing money like he is and flushing it down the toilet, this country will never recover.

cybercorresponden

cybercorresponden August 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

The so called adult Democrats, with the help of groups like Acorn, have created the mess and without Bush’s veto power a total destruction of this country is a very real possibility. Now Obama wants to create a personal army of so called civilians to enforce his agenda. Is that why some of the stimulus money went to prisoners in hopes to recruit them after they are released? In just a short time, the so called adult Democrats, or should I say the far left has already caused enough damage. If Obama keeps printing money like he is and flushing it down the toilet, this country will never recover.

Cybercorrespondent August 31, 2009 at 4:57 am

US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams.

"Unfortunately, because they're able to relay mail through the Democratic Party server, it does affect the Democratic Party's IP reputation, as well as their domain sending reputation," Jamie Tomasello, Cloudmark's abuse operations manager, told The Register. "I was surprised."

Cybercorrespondent

??????? September 6, 2009 at 7:26 am

Думаю, что топик очень смелый с довольно таки важной темой не только для молодых, но и для людей постарше.

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