Card Check: Senate Committee Schedules Hearing

By March 20, 2007Labor Unions

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has scheduled a hearing on the card-check legislation for next Tuesday, March 27.

10 a.m.
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine the Employee Free
Choice Act, focusing on restoring economic
opportunity for working families.

Sounds like the hearing will give labor a platform for declaring that union membership, in and of itself, is the best way to increase individual income. We will probably hear little about the actual substance of the bill, the nonsensically named Employee Free Choice Act, which is to deprive employees of the right to secret-ballot elections in the workplace.

Senator Kennedy, D-MA, who chairs the committee, has promised to introduce his own version of H.R. 800, but no legislation yet.

By coincidence, next week is also a big week for union members to descend on the nation’s capital. By coincidence.

The Building and Construction Trades Dept.-AFL-CIO is expecting over 2,500 participants representing trade unions from all 50 states to attend its 2007 Legislative Conference. This year’s events focus on “Building Trades: Seize the Opportunity, Meet the Challenge”, involving issues which impact over 2 million building and construction workers.

And Tuesday is the day of the big rally on Capitol Hill.

Tuesday, March 27 Seize the Opportunity. Meet the Challenge. Rally For American Workers – 12 Noon Outdoor location: West Lawn, U.S. Capitol Building Building Trades Leaders and Congressional Speakers including: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Robert Menendez, Rep. Linda Sanchez, Rep. Steven Lynch, Rep. Neil Abercrombie, Rep. George Miller, will join over 1,000 state and local trades leaders in rallying for Congressional action to stop the squeeze on middle-class workers.

Welcome to town, ladies and gentlemen. We look forward to an open and honest debate on the merits of the issue.