by Max Brantley
There are measurable differences between Sen. Mark Pryor and the Republican Party, as much as the diehard leftwingnuts here want to deny it.
Case today: His vote against a Republican effort — supported by Dr. No Boozman — to overturn NLRB rules aimed at limiting stalling tactics by businesses faced with organizing efforts. The issue had a local angle:
Delay tactics are used by businesses to discourage workers from unionizing, according to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who noted that was what happened in Little Rock in 2000.
An effort to organize a union at a Dillard’s distribution center began with nearly 70 percent of the 500 to 600 workers ready to join but ended up failing after months of delays during which the company told employees they might close the center if they unionized, Harkin said.
“The NLRB hasn’t tried to advantage or disadvantage workers or stop employers from spreading their message. All the board has done is to send a clear message to employers: You can’t abuse the process to buy yourself more time to intimidate your workers,” Harkin said.
To further stir up the Pryor haters, I probably should link my column this week on the likelihood that Pryor will get "Blanched" in 2014 by a combination of Democratic base disaffection and right-wing fervor. Not that the haters care, but I've included some information that might help explain Pryor's recent vote against the Obama administration on the "Buffett rule." I have my helmet on. Bottom line: elect Tim Griffin and don't go looking for any votes on the side of collective bargaining rights of any sort for workers.