So now, the Senate filibuster could be the last line of defense against keeping these job-killing policies, or, worse, full implementation of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) from becoming law at the hands of unelected government bureaucrats. EFCA was sought by union bosses in 2009 and 2010 and failed miserably when both Republicans and Democrats opposed the legislation, which economists found would cost the nation more than 600,000 jobs in the first year alone. Card check — as the legislation is known to many — would virtually eliminate the secret ballot and empower government to mandate contracts on employees and employers alike if an agreement has not been reached shortly after a collective-bargaining unit has been formed.
Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid noted that if “Republicans in the Senate . . . don’t start helping get some of these nominations done,” then he would consider changing the rules surrounding filibusters. His threats are echoed by others, including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who said, “I hate to suggest this, but if this is an indication of where we’re headed, we need to revisit the [filibuster] rules again.”
Make no mistake, any changes to the filibuster rules would be a direct payback to Big Labor bosses, who spent nearly $1 billion in the 2008 and 2012 elections. And the impact of the policies enacted by an unrestrained Obama Labor Board on our economy would be dire.
Fred Wszolek is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.