Monday, April 27, 2009

Labor Has Another Card to Play?

Many have said that the Employee Free Choice Act was dead in the water after PA Senator Arlen Specter reversed his position of supporting a debate about the bill to one of vowing to obstruct the law by supporting a Republican filibuster.

Now, it appears that Specter is looking at loosing the Republican primaries unless he re-reconsiders the issue and gets some union support.

Meanwhile, there are some indications that the labor movement might have some other plans that don't include the support of Senator Specter...

A crowd of workers, labor leaders and community activists launched the most determined lobbying effort yet for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act at an April 22 Washington press conference.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker stood in front of a crowded hall where she announced that labor will get 60 U.S. senators to shut off a planned GOP-led filibuster against the bill. Standing with her were noted author Barbara Ehrenreich, Jobs with Justice Director Sarita Gupta and President of the National Organization of Women Kim Gandy.

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