Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Card Check" Legislation Stalls Until January

New Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin says he doesn't have the votes to move this controversial measure to the Senate floor until the Senate seats a replacement for his predecessor, the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy. "I've got to make sure we have the votes for it," Harkin said of the card check measure. "Right now, we're missing a vote. Kennedy's replacement is not likely to be seated before the first of next year.

Responding to Senator Arlen Specter's remark to the AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburgh that senate negotiators have "pounded out" a revamped version of the Employee Free Choice Act, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced, "There is no final deal in place. We are going to keep fighting for labor law reform that will allow workers to join a union free from intimidation and harassment." Senate negotiators have not actually met face to face to discuss this bill since July.
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