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Senate Democrats to Unions: You’re On Your Own, Pal!

One of my regulars observes: “Last night in a debate, Sen. Bennet in Colorado caved in on EFCA, or Card Check. Manchin did a complete 180 on EFCA last week. If these guys are telling the unions where to stuff it to save their hides, the rout is really on.”

The Denver Post: “After more than a year of equivocating on the Employee Free Choice Act, which would greatly ease union organizing, Bennet said: “I would not support the language in that bill.”

The Wheeling News Register:

Manchin said he does not support removing the secret ballot provision for workers, and that government has no place in dictating labor contracts.

Manchin called the secret ballot vote “the most precious thing you own.”

“I’ve said publicly that … we must retain the secrecy of the ballot. It’s your vote, and only you should have knowledge of how you do that,” he said.

Another provision of the proposed card check law calls for a government arbitrator to resolve contractual disputes between a company and a union.

“My response to that is that the government has no right to be involved in contractual disputes between an organizing body and the company they are working with,” Manchin commented. “That’s why you have collective bargaining. You sit down and bargain.

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