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September 15, 2009
Contact: Brian Worth
  (703) 650-0054

CDW Members:
The last 10 days have, with Labor Day and the AFL-CIO’s convention in Pittsburgh (click to see the CDW ad that ran in all the PGH newspapers yesterday, and was mentioned by Senator Specter during his speech to the convention), seen plenty of talk about EFCA; ranging from commitments to pass the original EFCA to the assertion that there are currently 60 votes in favor of moving forward with an alternative version of EFCA.

That’s a fairly confusing narrative;  Senator Harkin has 60 votes for EFCA, but he doesn’t; the AFL-CIO is ready to concede on card-check, but the Senate Majority Leader says it’s a “must have” item; and the Secretary of Labor fully endorses the passage of EFCA, but Senator Specter implies that a “deal” has been reached on a new version of the bill.
The reality is that Senator Specter, along with Senators Schumer and Brown, are no closer to reaching an agreement that nets 60 votes than they were in July.  The continued grassroots efforts of CDW members during the August recess and into this month (when several groups are hosting D.C. fly-ins with their members companies) has kept EFCA in the same place it was 6 months ago……..incapable of getting 60 votes in the Senate.
So, please keep up the good work so that we can continue to win this crucial legislative battle.

Brian Worth
Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc
VP for Government and Public Affairs
4401 Ford Ave, Suite 1100
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:  (703) 650-0054
Cell:  (703) 626-2722
Fax:  (703) 549-7448

About the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is a coalition of workers, employers, associations and organizations who are fighting to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot when workers are deciding whether or not to join a union. We are opposed to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act because it would strip Americans of that right and replace it with a system where your vote is no longer private, and it is made public to your employer, the union organizers and your co-workers. For more information, please go to


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