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Showdown Looms Over 'Card Check' Union Drives

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December 2, 2008

The Wall Street Journal reports that on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it will spend approximately $10 million in the coming months to fight the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would allow workers to organize without a secret ballot vote.  A spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce said that defeating the legislation is the lobby group’s top priority in the coming session of Congress.  He described the issue as a "firestorm bordering on Armageddon."

The Chamber of Commerce is facing an uphill battle as a new administration and Congress assume office.  The agency, which represents more than three million businesses and organizations, aims to send a message that President-Elect Obama will need business backing to succeed.  The Chamber of Commerce also released a study on November 25, 2008, which refutes union claims in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act.  The study is found here.

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