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Where EFCA Stands

I’m sorry we’ve been quiet for the last few days. As I’m sure you can imagine, we’re pretty busy around here. After all, as former UFCW operative Paul Blank put it in today’s WSJ, the battle over the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act is going to look like “political World War III.”

That being said, here are a few items worth reading:

Yesterday the AFL-CIO held a press conference victory lap where this exchange occurred:

QUESTION: I’m Mark Shepp (ph) with Workforce National Magazine.

Just one more follow-up on the Employee Free Choice Act. If the Republicans do have a minority that supports — enough of a minority to support a filibuster, are there areas you’d be willing to compromise on that? Are there facets of that bill that you would negotiate on?

SWEENEY: If there were, we wouldn’t tell you today.


And the most articulate speaker on this is our secretary-treasurer, Rich Trumka.

TRUMKA: First of all, you have a new president-elect that is a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act. You have a vice president-elect that is a co-sponsor of theEmployee Free Choice Act. You have stronger majority in the Senate and the House that say they want to pass that bill because it’s important for America’s workers.

There are an infinite number of strategies other than a straight- up vote where you need 60 votes in order to get that passed. And we can assure you of this: Each and every one of them will have our full attention and full support at the appropriate time.

Over at the SEIU, here’s what Andy Stern had to say about their post-election plans:

“During the first 100 days of the 111th Congress, we’re going to dedicate 50 percent of our staff and resources to passing priorities for working families like the Employee Free Choice Act and health care for all.”

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