Obama vs. Labor

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By DAVID MACARAY

In
the span of, literally, a few weeks—beginning with President-elect
Obama’s nomination of Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor, and ending
shortly after his inauguration—organized labor has gone from a state of
euphoria to one of confusion to one of resentment, then back to
euphoria, and then back to resentment, before settling, finally, on
something resembling Hindu fatalism. 

This
emotional roller coaster ride was propelled by one question:  How hard
will Obama push to get the EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act) passed?  In
a nutshell, the EFCA would make it extraordinarily easier for America’s
workers to join labor unions by doing away with the necessity of
NLRB-sanctioned union certification elections. 

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