'Card-check' legislation pits unions against business leaders
Lobbying firms opposed to the divisive Employee Free Choice Act are receiving millions of dollars in quiet contributions from corporate giants to run full-page ads and television spots discrediting the bill and denouncing potential supporters in Congress, The New York Times reports. The Employee Free Choice Act would allow workers to unionize by a card-check process rather than a secret-ballot election. While the House passed a similar bill in 2007, it failed in the Senate on a procedural vote.
Republicans in the Senate were expected to question Representative Hilda L. Solis of California, President-elect Obama's choice for labor secretary, over her support of the measure at a confirmation hearing Friday. Due to its contentious nature, Democrats have not yet introduced the measure—though they have identified it as a top legislative priority. If passed, labor leaders have said the healthcare industry will be one of their prime targets for unionization.