Since Service Employees International Union's top dog Andy Stern has been the most frequent guest to Barack Obama's White House, we can rest assured that they've not been just talking about the good old days. We can assume Stern and Obama brainstormed how to bully through the government takeover of health care. After all, Stern's gleefully anticipating SEIU's membership exploding with the taxpayer funding of health care and the medical personnel and hospital staffing the industry will demand.
If Obamacare negotiations are successful, 30 million new patients will be on the health care rolls, and that means more non-union medical staffers that will be open to being unioned-up. Obama's set on pleasing the SEIU workers and their ACORN brothers and sisters. They were his campaign army in 2008, and he'll need them again in 2010 and 2012 to push his agenda.
But as if SEIU workers will need even more reason to stay involved in the Obama army, the new big battle on the Congressional horizon is likely to be the overhaul of unionizing in America -- Card Check. Known in Congress as the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the legislation would allow employees to join unions if 50 percent or more simply signed union membership cards.
Retailers like Target, CVS and Michaels are gearing up for thwarting unions in their stores, expecting card check to pass Congress early next year.
Daily Finance explains it like this:
Unions are now able to represent workers only by voting in a secret ballot, a process labor groups claim can be easily manipulated by companies. Business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, reject that criticism and say the unions are the ones who can manipulate the process.
"By forcing workers to sign a card in public -- instead of vote in private -- Card Check opens the door to intimidation and coercion," the Chamber says on its website. The business-backed Center for a Democratic Workplace calls the bill a "job killer" and says that the "cornerstone of American democracy is at stake."
SEIU members were the purple-shirted protestors in Springfield that blocked chamber doors, demanding the Senate increase the state's income tax so none of them would be laid off. While the rest of the state faced 10% unemployment, they demanded those working pay more so they could keep their jobs.
Card Check will open the way for more union thuggery as those parents with special needs children bullied earlier this year can testify, and it will cause more job losses as small business and franchise owners will be forced to lay off employees or shut down.
A doomsday scenario, no doubt, but one that we face in 2010.