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Thousands of union members are expected to blanket Congress tomorrow, lobbying hard for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Union officials have promised to provide 1.5 million signatures in support of the “card check” legislation that would – among other things – enable the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union as the exclusive bargaining representative for employees in the absence of a secret ballot election and mandate binding arbitration for a first contract if the parties cannot agree to terms in a specified period of time.
Despite having received gifts in the form of three union-friendly executive orders last Friday, organized labor continues to push EFCA as its main legislative goal. The increased lobbying efforts may be due to the fact that lawmakers who once supported the measure now appear noncommittal, and that the business community has launched its own awareness campaign highlighting EFCA’s flaws. Even the President seems to be distancing himself from the fray, and has remained tellingly silent on the issue of late.
The union rally is expected to convene at 12:30 p.m. at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C.