Friday, July 17, 2009

Card Check Compromise?

A report in The New York Times indicates that the card check provisions that have been such a controversial portion of the proposed Employee Free Choice Act are now dead, dropped as part of a developing compromise being put together in the Senate.

“This is a very emotional issue,” said Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Republican turned Democrat who had been lobbied heavily by both sides. “I cannot remember an issue this emotional in all my years in the Senate.”

Some of the compromises that may emerge from the compromise legislation include:

  • shortened election periods of 5-10 days
  • access to employer premises for union organizers
  • a ban on employers forcing employees to attend so-called "captive audience meetings"
The Times story suggests the bill could be voted on in September.
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