Ann O'Leary is executive director of the Berkeley Center on health, Economic & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress.
The Employee Free Choice Act is a low priority for the White House and Congress. Legislation mandating a minimum number of paid sick days for all workers couldn't even get congressional action when the country was facing the public-health scares of the H1N1 virus. And bills to curb the practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors are at the earliest stages of the legislative process.
Does this mean labor rights are doomed by gridlock? Not at all.