So much for the "good corporate citizen" concept on card check
Starbucks Corp., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. are offering a compromise on union-backed “card-check” legislation [Employee Free Choice Act, EFCA] that U.S. business groups are spending millions of dollars to defeat.
Under the compromise [Translation: gutted version] being sought by the three companies, management could still demand a secret ballot election, and the provision of the bill that requires binding arbitration for union contracts would be dropped. Penalties would be increased for companies that take action against workers before union elections and refuse to participate in collective bargaining.
And now, enter our corporate Democrats!
Lanny Davis, a former White House special counsel under President Bill Clinton, is pushing the alternative measure and said in a written statement that he has discussed it with the staffs of almost two dozen Democratic and Republican senators.
Most, he said, indicated the senators for whom they worked were positive about the approach, “including many Democratic senators who were co-sponsors” of the bill in 2007, Davis said.
Several Democrats in the U.S. Senate, including Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor from Wal-Mart’s Stores Inc. home state of Arkansas and Mark Warner of Virginia, have said they aren’t sure they will support the current version of the Employee Free Choice Act. They have said that bill, expected to boost union membership, may be a challenge in the current economy. The executives of the three companies are presenting their version as a more business-friendly alternative.
Labor groups said they oppose the company backed version. “A proposal coming from corporations, some of whom have their own history of violating workers’ rights, is simply not an alternative,” said Bill Samuel, legislative director of the AFL CIO.
“Removing the arbitration provision” of the Employee Free Choice Act “will allow companies to stall and delay and refuse to negotiate a contract in good faith,” he said.
Jeebus, nothing agaisnt Starbucks except the burned taste of their coffee, but these corporations don't even have fake company unions! And we're supposed to settle for less than that?