March 31, 2009
Diane Feinstein was on a mission to prove that she can flip-flop with the best of them. Not even Senator Flip-Flop himself, Arlen Specter, can deny her half the crown.
In 1935, Congress rose up and passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). That was 75 years ago in the midst of the Great Depression. The Act, designed to bring prosperity and industrial peace to the work place, has been ruined over these seven decades by highly paid lawyers and union-busters, not to mention anti-labor presidential appointments to the NLRB. The combination has destroyed the Act.
Unions can't organize under current restrictions so they looked to Canada where the law favors working people. If a clear majority of employees sign authorization cards in Canada, the employer must bargain with the union. In this country, the fight begins when the union is selected. The big anti-labor law firms thwart the wishes of the employees through the appeals process for up to 10 years. I'm not kidding.
Card Check unionism--the Employee Free Choice Act--was tooling along but Diane Feinstein and Specter dropped their sponsorship this week. Too "controversial," they whined. Incredibly, Feinstein said, "This is a difficult economy...I would hope there is some way to find common ground." Whoa Nelly! Apparently she never glanced at economic conditions when members of Congress voted their conscience in 1935. Needless to say, Tom Harkin is fighting for the workers. See you at Fighting Bob Fest, Tom.
Shame on Diane Feinstein.
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She enjoys the support of the Long Shoremans Union in California. Maybe they need to put their white hats on and give her a visit.
When the going gets tough the tough get going.
Its time to get going Senator.
-Joe Gruber | Campbellsport,Wi 53010 | March 31, 2009
For the life of me I cannot understand
the political moves of either Sen. Feinstein
or House Speaker Pelosi. At one moment they
sound like two of the greatest progessives
of our time, and the next, like they would
like to absolutely snuff the life out of
It seems though, that in these times the
"stock" of both has been slipping. In the
case of Pelosi, I think it is a good thing.
Maybe now we can restore some sense of what
her office as Speaker is all about.
Nancy Pelosi was never elected to be nor
should she be the voice of the Democratic
Party in the house. We have seen a recent
dimishment of her role, and I can't see that
as anything but good. It is time we restore
the speakership to its traditional role.
It is only in recent times that the speaker
was also the party leader in the house, and
it might be that since then good legislation
has suffered for it. And, good opposition
has suffered as well.
Looking back, the speaker of the house was
usually never the party leader in the body.
Actually, the speaker was many times a member
of the minority elected party.
Our greates speakers, of which there were
a few, were not necessarily aligned to their
parties. They were legislatures, they saw
their role as moving legislation forward.
Not all, but at least sometimes, no matter
what party put it forward. They saw
themselves more as clerks, and gavel holders.
As far as Democratic party speakers go,
one that people remember most recently was
Tip O'Neil. As great a guy he was, in fact,
he might have done more to damage the office,
and the party than any other speaker in
history. He assumed both roles, speaker and
leader of the party, and knuckled under to
the Reagan administration twice.
Other than a deep gravelly voice, and a
rolly polly demeanor, Tip never offered a
good fight, and let the Reagon administration
run roughshod over the Democratic Party and
the progressive movement.
So, maybe it is best Pelosi loses her
influence. And, Feinsein, just as well.
-jay | lake nebagamon, wi | March 31, 2009
Get serious Ed. What did you REALLY expect from this 1.1 party system and the "Club of 100"?
The Dems like Feinstein will always role over for business once the election is over. The only time they come out for workers is when they need the votes.
Time for workers, labor, etc. to form their own political party and shove it up the backsides of these ninnyhammer politicos. I keep hoping but apparently they don't have it bad enough as of yet.
-Giebnotz Dorkpfester | Egg Harbor WI. | April 1, 2009