Roll Call today notes that organizations on both sides of the EFCA debate spent the recent congressional recess blanketing lawmakers’ districts with rallies, press ops, advertisements and phone calls. Among those speaking out:
A coalition of minority business leaders — including the Asian American Hotel Owners Association; the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers; the National Black Chamber of Commerce; the Latino Coalition; and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — held their own press conference Tuesday to continue lobbying against the card check bill.
“They want to come in and run your business for you and probably run it into the ground,” National Black Chamber of Commerce President Harry Alford said.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that longtime EFCA advocate Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) predicts revisions to the bill in the coming months:
Although Brown backs the legislation in its current form, he says it won’t get enough votes for passage in the Senate now that former backers including Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter have withdrawn their support.
He said he expects a compromise will be reached to continue the secret-ballot elections, but require them to be conducted swiftly and handled in a way that doesn’t inordinately favor businesses.
And Human Resources Executive Online carries a story regarding ongoing efforts toward the reunification of the AFL-CIO, Change to Win and the NEA into a single labor coalition:
Labor unions view the Obama administration as "representing the redefinition of the government’s role," says Change to Win spokesman Greg Denier, adding that labor leaders are already uniting to work for the enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Many believe a reunited labor movement would strengthen the unions’ ability to work with the new administration and advance its agenda.