Biden Endorses Employee Free Choice Act In Miami Speech

04/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Sam Stein Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

Like Barack Obama before him, Vice President Joe Biden offered a one-line endorsement of the Employee Free Choice Act on Thursday in a speech at the board meeting of the AFL-CIO.

"So, folks, that's why there's no one thing we have to do. This is all going to be difficult, and one of the most difficult things will be to reinstitute that basic bargain. And I think the way to do that is the Employee Free Choice Act.," said the vice president. "Folks, let's get it straight -- we're not asking -- we're not asking for anything we don't deserve. And we're not asking for anything that wasn't intended when the NLRB said we should be encouraging -- encouraging -- unions. We just want to level this playing field again."

The line, delivered to the crowd in Miami, came a few days after the president himself offered similar assurances that EFCA -- which will allow unions to more easily organize -- would pass under his administration.

"We will pass the Employee Free Choice Act," the president said in a video address.

Labor, of course, is ecstatic about the endorsements, even though Obama's support for the measure has been long known. Officials insist that Democrats have the votes in the Senate needed to pass EFCA, so, for them, it is a question of when, not how.