It Begins: Employee Free Choice Act Introduced on the Hill
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As expected, the Employee Free Choice Act, a measure intended to make it easier for American workers to form unions, was introduced on the Hill today. The measure is often known as "card check," because it would give workers the right to form a union when a majority of employees sign cards saying they want one.
Proponents expect the measure to pass the House with relative ease. In the Senate, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the leading support of the bill in the chamber, conceded this morning, "We have enough votes to pass the bill in the Senate. I'm not sure if we have enough votes to overcome a filibuster."
There will be plenty of time for vote-counting; the measure isn't expected to reach the floor until May. In the meantime, we're also getting a sense of what EFCA opponents have in mind. Consider this jaw-dropper, from Jane Hamsher:
Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal . His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08."