Several weeks ago, I launched a petition to kill the filibuster. Thousands of people signed the petition--but our work must go on. And it takes on even more urgency with each new example of the abuse of power and the perversion of democracy that the filibuster allows. This time it's the Ben Nelson example.
As mcjoan wrote yesterday, Ben Nelson has threatened to filibuster the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.
Threatened to filibuster a nomination of a highly-qualified individual--for the sole reason that Becker might, in fact, do what a nominee for the National Labor Relations Board should do: Enforce the labor laws under the Wagner Act, which calls for:
Employees shall have the right of self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in concerted activities, for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.
Which the NLRB has failed to enforce over all these years in a meaningful manner in the face of the relentless attempt by companies to break unions and undermine the middle class.
The sole reason Nelson can try to undermine the attempt to return some semblance of fairness to the NLRB is the power of the filibuster.
End the power of the Nelsons, Liebermans, Shelbys and other Senators who exercise undemocratic power.
Here is a short video we did to illustrate the problem: