As I wrote in my Employee Free Choice Act piece today, the business side scored a major -- perhaps decisive -- early win by defining the bill as "card check" and as a matter of depriving workers of a "secret ballot" -- which is a hard, poll-tested spin on one aspect of the bill.
Warren Bufftett's remarks on CNBC this morning, where he came out against the legislation, show how effective that tactic was:
“I think the secret ballot’s pretty important in the country," Buffett said. "I’m against card check to make a perfectly flat statement.”
On the other hand, there's some concern in the ranks of business that labor will offer a compromise discarding the provision it refers to as "majority sign-up," take the equally important binding arbitration and other provisions. By this logic, centrist senators can tell business leaders they took care of their most high-profile complaint, while still giving labor game-changing legislation.