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Arbitration is key in fight over union bill (Click Here)

July 28, 2009

“Card check is the political poison in the bill, but forced arbitration is the real poison,” said Steven Law, general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“We suspected from the beginning that the binding arbitration was packaged with the elimination of the secret ballot in order to create a straw man they could take down later,” said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

One compromise that lawmakers are considering is to adopt baseball-style “final offer” arbitration, where both sides submit offers and the arbitrator picks one package offer or the other. Proponents of this style say the uncertainty creates an incentive for both sides to agree.

Keith Smith, a spokesman at the National Association of Manufacturers, says baseball arbitration “reduces it to a game of Russian roulette. While that may work in baseball, where you’re really just looking at salaries and length of contract terms, it doesn’t take into account the comprehensive nature of a collective bargaining agreement.”

Cruz Prediction About Card Check Comes True (Click Here)

July 17, 2009
Today Democrats dropped a key provsion of the Employee Free Choice Act as Cruz and Associates has been predicting would happen.  The card-check provision of the Bill would have required employers to recognize a union if a majority of employees signed cards saying they wanted the union.

Instead they will require much faster elections; perhaps only five (5) to ten (10) days after a union files for a vote.  There is also talk of requiring employers to allow union organizers on company property to talk with employees and solicit support for the union.

See the attached article for more details…

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