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Strassel: "Business Beats Card Check--For Now"

  • The "business community managed something it has not managed in years: unity," writes WSJ columnist Kim Strassel. They "successfully turned what had been a dry question of labor law into an emotional, grass-roots issue". But "the real test of corporate America is yet to come ... Business's continued unity, or lack of it, will decide what happens next."
  • Remember the film exhibitor's trick of taking a pan review ("a stunning flop ... amazing it got produced at all") and turning it into a positive-sounding blurb? ("stunning... amazing") The Wall Street Journal discovers that the creative blurbists seem to have moved onto the payroll of Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and the SEIU. Earlier blogging by Carter at ShopFloor and again.
  • Despite much arm-twisting from the usual suspects, Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a former EFCA sponsor, may no longer be counted as a firm "yes" for the bill (via Kaus). It's worth noting that even though unions elected more of their friends to Congress last time around, the card check bill was reintroduced this year with fewer, not more sponsors. Hmmmm.
  • Notes Mickey Kaus: "Intimidation isn't required for the results of a public ballot to diverge from a secret ballot (and from the true choice of the voters). All that's required is a desire not to tell your pro-union buddy to his face that you think he's wrong." Of course that doesn't mean that intimidation isn't also a factor. At an Indiana plant where an employer-neutrality agreement freed the union to use the card-check method, one worker tells on video how it "made her a target": workers agreed to sign cards after unionists showed up at their doorsteps at night, but a secret ballot election told a different story. On which, more from David Freddoso.

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