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Showdown Looms Over 'Card Check' Union Drives


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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