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Super Bowl Ad: The Employee Rights Act

12:26 PM, Feb 6, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Here's one of the commercials played during last night's Super Bowl, from the Center for Union Facts:

Fred Barnes wrote about the Employee Rights Act for the February 6 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD:

It would take labor law in a new direction. Unlike right-to-work statutes, which help businesses escape unionization, the ERA would protect union workers from high-handedness and abuses of power by their union leaders.

The measure was formulated by Richard Berman, a Washington lobbyist and longtime foe of excessive union power in labor relations and politics. It’s been passionately embraced by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and 20 other Republican senators. In the House, its chief sponsor is Tim Scott of South Carolina, a star of the freshman class of 87 Republicans.

Though it has dazzlingly high poll numbers, the measure is unlikely to be enacted any time soon. Unless Republicans capture the White House and the Senate in the November election while keeping control of the House, it’s a sure loser. Even if Republicans gain full control in Washington, passage is not guaranteed.

As expected, labor leaders view the ERA with dread. Indeed, it threatens to diminish their authority significantly. And when labor chieftains feel strongly about an issue, congressional Democrats reflexively line up on their side.

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