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The Breakdown: How Can Obama Help Organized Labor?

From a NLRB member

Writing as an individual and not as a board employee, I question the accuracy of some of Warren's comments about the agency, although changing our procedures to further the purpose of the NLRA is a worthy topic of consideration. First, there is no pending effort at the agency that I am aware of to go to “snap elections.” That was discussed by labor as a potential fallback if cardcheck was not achieved in the most recent version of EFCA, but that is as far as it went, to my knowledge. Second, the appointment process has not been wholly successful. The administration has responded to Republican objectionism by relying on acting appointees and recess appointments instead of fighting for bona fide appointees. And last, the discussion omitted an obvious need if the board is to be effective, which is not to have its budget drastically cut, as proposed currently by Boehner, et al.

Tara Levy

Jersey City, NJ

Mar 26 2011 - 12:24am

The Breakdown: How Can Obama Help Organized Labor?

A tariff would help

The answer to this question is, not much—unless he first puts the brakes on imports with a tariff on goods produced under conditions that don't comply with our environmental and labor laws. He'll have to work with Harry and Nancy, this time on a policy with an appeal to traditional Democrats (read, labor). They might all be surprised when the Tea Partyers and some of the old-line (Buchanan) Republicans sign on.

Bud Ilic

Bloomington, IL

Nov 13 2010 - 11:45am