It Begins: Employee Free Choice Act Introduced on the Hill
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: