The many infiltrators we placed at the Capitol Hill rally this afternoon report back that organized labor had a good turnout, especially given the chilly weather — 600, said one; maybe 1,000 said another.
Here’s the AFL-CIO inflationary account, “1.5 Million Sign on to Support Employee Free Choice; Thousands Rally on Hill”
We infer from lack of any reference that Rep. George Miller and Sen. Tom Harkin did NOT introduce the Employee Free Choice Act today. The stimulus legislation, passage of CHIPS-II, anti-executive compensation and Presidential schreinerei all take PR precedence.
Our favorite claim:
Allison Chin, president of the Sierra Club, said the Employee Free Choice Act could help protect the environment:
The right to organize will lead to protections for workers and for the environment. We stand with you to deflect attacks on the most basic of rights for workers.
And the blind to see…
UPDATE (4:05 p.m.): More on the bill introduction from Tapped, the blog of the lefty American Prospect:
Politically, it looks like both the House and Senate versions of the EFCA bill, which will not have substantially changed since the last attempt to pass it in 2007, will be introduced in the coming weeks, according to Senator Tom Harkin, who has been tasked by Senate Health Education and Labor Committee Chair Ted Kennedy with managing the bill, and Representative George Miller, the lead House sponsor. Walking to a Senate Democratic lunch with President Barack Obama, Harkin suggested the delay on introducing the legislation was related to Al Franken’s continuing legal battle over Minnesota’s senate election. The senator also expects the nomination of Hilda Solis for Secretary of Labor will clear the Senate before the Easter recess.
Easter recess starts April 6. That’s a long time away, a very long time for key Senator to be speculating about. Maybe he knows something…
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