With congressional Democrats facing losses in November, labor strategists view the remaining months of this year as the best chance they'll have to have their priorities enacted.
"I think it's the best chance we've got, and I think you're going to see that happen," said state AFL-CIO President Bill George, who will step down at the end of May.
The Employee Free Choice Act, stricter regulations on financial firms and maintaining the Democrats' majorities in the House and Senate top labor's to-do list this election year, union leaders said. About 1,000 representatives of 43 unions will attend the state AFL-CIO's 39th Constitutional Convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, starting today.
While it seems unlikely that the White House will want to engage in the rancorous fight EFCA will surely invoke (especially with a Supreme Court Justice to be confirmed soon), we cannot dismiss this as idle chatter either.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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