March 11, 2009

DEMOCRATS V. JOBS:

Clash Over Labor-Rights Bill Appears Likely (Alec MacGillis, 3/11/09, Washington Post)

President Obama has hinted that although he supports the Employee Free Choice Act, he would be open to revised legislation that commands broader support, and is not exactly burning to push the labor-rights bill anytime soon.

But as the legislation, which would make it easier for unions to organize, was re-introduced yesterday, all signs were pointing to the kind of incendiary clash the president hoped to avoid. [...]

[Business owners, drawn from the states of key senators, got their marching orders at U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters, where leaders of the organization and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) praised them as the "first Marines hitting the beach" to defeat a "job killer" bill.

"Go up and tell them what will happen [if the bill passes], that no one is going to add a single job in the United States," Chamber President Thomas J. Donohue said. "Will I put a job here where it'll get unionized in an illegal way? No, I'll put it somewhere else."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 11, 2009 6:39 AM
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