What's Up With Card Check?
What's going on with Card Check these days? Is it dead, dormant, or poised to make a comeback?
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal's pro-labor leaning columnist Thomas Frank declared in his headline - Card Check is Dead. He attributes the bill's demise to Democratic lobbyists, naming names and basically labeling them turncoats.
I'm not sure he has it right, and I think many out there agree with me.
In an article on Tuesday, The Hill reported that the US Chamber is not ready to consider Card Check buried. The US Chamber's Steven Law, a regular ACCE speaker, is concerned that a modified version of the bill could resurface this year or come back after the next Senatorial elections. He described Card Check as "little bit of a jump ball at this point."
Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is also not ready to say card check is 6 feet under. In an article in yesterday's Cleveland Plain Dealer Sen. Brown indicated that compromise discussions are currently underway between, "Republicans and Democrats who were not supportive of the bill in its original form."
That is probably why Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign continues to sound the warning bell on Card Check. The Las Vegas Review Journal quoted the Senator saying:
"It (Card Check) definitely has lost support, but there's a caveat," Ensign said. "They say they can't support the bill 'as it stands now.' I get nervous when I hear that saying. This bill is a terrible bill no matter how you write it."
Ensign was in Nevada to speak at an informational session on Card Check hosted by the Las Vegas Chamber. That session drew 200 attendees. Other chambers are also keeping up the pressure on Card Check. The Montgomery (AL) Area Chamber has a Card Check seminar planned for May 4th, and the National Black Chamber of Commerce is also speaking out in opposition.
Card Check may not be in the headlines every day anymore, but the issue is still very much alive. Be sure to remind elected representatives where the business community stands on this important issue.