- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Round 2 for card check,” Plugged in, Tuesday). However, her article did not mention the extreme hypocrisy behind corporate interests’ assault on arbitration - a key provision of the bill.

Big Business’ insincere approach is showcased when Ms. Rowland quotes Glenn Spencer, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official, who describes arbitration as “dangerous” and something “employers simply can’t live with.” Unfortunately for them, opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act can’t have their cake and eat it too.

On March 11, the chamber said: “… Arbitration has helped Americans settle disputes fairly, quickly and inexpensively … .” And, as recently as April 23, it said: “Virtually any type of dispute … can be addressed by arbitration.” Whether used for personal-injury claims, nursing-home injuries, CEO contract disputes or real estate transactions, corporate special interests are more than happy to trumpet arbitration when it works in their favor, just as long as it does not involve bargaining contracts with workers. That’s the dirty little secret they don’t want lawmakers and the American public to know.

Businesses routinely use delay tactics to avoid settling contracts with employees that include fair wages and benefits. More than half of workers’ unions lack an agreement one year after their original vote to form a union. Two years after an election, 37 percent of workers’ unions still have no contract. The need for real labor law reform is obvious. That is why passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is so vital, because it will help workers secure a contract in a reasonable period of time.

So the next time you see attacks on the Employee Free Choice Act, consider the source.

KIMBERLY FREEMAN

Acting executive director

American Rights at Work

Washington


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