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Employee Free Choice Act Moves to the Obama Administration's Back Burner

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February 3, 2009

As U.S. News & World Report recently pointed out, the Employee Free Choice Act is one issue noticeably absent from the policy initiatives being discussed in the early days of the Obama administration.  While the administration and Congressional leaders focus on the stimulus plan, EFCA has taken a back seat.  In addition to the focus on the stimulus plan, another cause for EFCA’s diminished role in the new organization’s agenda is possibly the unsettled senate seat from Minnesota, which Democratic leaders hope will eventually belong to Al Franken, who will almost certainly vote in favor of the bill.  Democratic leaders need to secure every vote possible as support against EFCA strengthens.

The article goes on to question conflicting explanations offered in support of the legislation by EFCA supporters.

And political website politico.com reports that Obama was silent on EFCA during his first major White House event aimed at wooing organized labor.  Obama discussed leveling the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests but never mentioned organized labor’s top priority, EFCA.

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