Monday, August 24, 2009


The hallucinogenially-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) has been put on hold until after health care reform, according to incoming AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

This afternoon, during a live webchat on the liberal blog firedoglake, Trumka stated that President Barack Obama and his advisor Rahm Emanuel have indicated that they will not bring up EFCA until the push to nationalize America's health care is complete.

According to the Hill:

"The President and Emanuel have both said they dont intend to bring Employee Free Choice Act up until Health Insurance Reform is done," Trumka wrote on the blog. "Which gives us an additional reason to do Health Insurance Reform now!"

The remarks all but acknowledge that EFCA, one of labor's most prized legislative goals, will take a backseat to the Obama administration's most pressing priority for the meanwhile.

For more information on no-vote unionization and binding arbitration provisions of the delusionally-dubbed Employee Free Choice Act, go here.

Trumka further commented:
The rich have monopolized the winners circle for the last thirty years and their neo-liberal policies have proven [a] disaster to the working men and women of this great country! To break their monopoly on the economic policy we must grow and that is why the Employee Free Choice Act and Health Insurance Reform are so vitally important [for] the country.

On the topic of health care nationalization:
Rest assured the Unions of the AFL-CIO are in lock step when it comes to getting Health Insurance Reform passed and we are prepared to do what it takes to get it done because the working people of this country deserve no less.

On what else the AFL-CIO is up to, Trumka stated:
We are developing our own version of a contract with America that will make the economy work for all of us. We will present it to politicians who seek our support and support those who support it.

Given that nationalization of health care and no-vote unionization are anathema to most Americans, the AFL-CIO's efforts seem to be a Contract On America.

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