Debating the Employee Free Choice Act02/17/09 Robert Lorei
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There’s a battle looming in Congress between organized labor and big business- it’s over the proposed Employee Free Choice Act. The bill was passed by the House back in 2007- but it’s been filibustered in the Senate since 2007.
President Barack Obama says he supports EFCA. Labor unions say it would make it easier for employees to form unions. They say that over the past 30 years the balance of power has shifted and that companies have gained too much power to fight union organizing drives.
On the other side- business groups say the Employee Free Choice Act will take away the secret ballot and let union organizers intimidate workers into joining unions.
We’re joined now by Mark Wilson, president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Janet Conner, Florida director for the AFL-CIO, to debate the proposed law.