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Employee Free Choice News EFCA Prwire Report LITTLE ROCK, Ark. U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln has announced today at an event at the Political Animals Club, she cannot support the Employee Free Choice Act in its current form, a bill which would make it easier for workers to organize unions.
"I cannot support that bill. I cannot support it in its current form," Lincoln told those gathered for the luncheon at the governor's mansion. "I may not have said that as clearly before, but I'm saying it now."
In 2004, Lincoln earned the rare distinction of being backed by both the Arkansas chapter of the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She said Monday she considers herself a friend of both business and labor.
"Those are the two groups of people we need at the table more than anybody," she said. "We need workers and we need business at the table, if we're going to put this economy back on track, and I don't think the discussion on the Employee Free Choice Act has helped us do that."
While Lincoln stated she cannot support the Employee Free Choice Act in its current form the Huntington Post reports that Lincoln Leaves Door Open For EFCA Compromise.
Lincoln is up for reelection race in 2010.
In other News: BNA's Daily Labor Report(subscription required) is reporting that Senate Democratic aides are now working to craft a compromise that could pass in the face of recent opposition to the original bill. The details aren't out, but BNA is saying that one of the compromises being floated would require the use of dual-purpose-like cards, offering the employee a choice of selecting the union or simply asking for an election. The cards could also be mailed in.
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For those who read my blog the dual membership card was one of my suggestions I came up with in early January titled: Amending The Employee Free Choice Act. A Compromise Every Union Can Live With. Press Here to See Article
Some of the other compromises you may see being presented can be found in my most recent article titled: Thinking Outside of The Box to Get The Employee Free Choice Act EFCA Passed. Press Here to read article
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