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Who is John Kline and what is The Secret Ballot Protection Act [SBPA]?

I’m afraid we’re about to find out.

Representing Minnesota’s 2nd District, Kline will probably chair the House Education and Labor Committee when republicans take control in January.

He’s a key player behind SBPA which is the anti-EFCA.

Remember the Employee Free Choice Act, a modest labor law reform designed to make union organizing slightly less daunting?

That was smothered in 2009 by a Senate filibuster threat and an administration "strategy" to delay the fight until health care and other matters were off the table.

While EFCA would have authorized "card check" certification to show majority support for the union (currently an option when employers are pressured to abide), Kline’s bill would permanently prohibit card check under any and all circumstances.

Rep. Kline may preside over other issues as well, such as restricting union political spending and rolling back prevailing wage for construction workers.

Of course, we all know that any house-passed anti-union legislation will be killed in the senate or by presidential veto.

Democrats will then certainly let us know how important they are; that they’re the only thing standing between the barbarians and working people.

Democrats are very comfortable in that role: telling us how bad it would be without them.

Originally posted to laborlou on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:30 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Paleo, congenitalefty

    Lou Siegel is a Labor educator and consultant, working with Los Angeles unions in communications, public policy and fundraising

    by laborlou on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:30:16 AM PST

  •  Strategy (0+ / 0-)

    The strategy was to bury EFCA, not delay it.  One of the few successful administration strategies.

    "I've never believed that government's role is to create jobs . . . So this week, I've proposed a six year infrastructure plan."

    by Paleo on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 06:36:01 AM PST

  •  the new Senate... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...may well have 60 votes to pass SBPA.

    Aside from about 50 firm votes for any anti-union legislation, there are at least a dozen corporate Dems who running scared from last week's election and could well support SBPA.

  •  "the term "Secret Ballot" is horseshit (0+ / 0-)

    In a lot of those companies they vote together or give their ballots to their boss. That is the abuse EFCA was meant to prevent.

    Where are all the jobs, Boenher?

    by Dirtandiron on Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 12:56:27 PM PST

  •  PRO-EFCA (0+ / 0-)

    America will never get out of the mess we are in today, without the right to FREELY organize to into a barganing union. Having a electon would be great if we could pass laws that fined companies who break the NLRA (50000K+, anything less would be worth paying the fee for them). Organizied Labor is what build the U.S., and is this only thing that can rebuild it.

    Derek Nichols

    by Derek Nichols on Tue Nov 16, 2010 at 03:10:02 PM PST

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