Card Check: Senate Republicans Weigh in Monday

By March 22, 2009Economy, Labor Unions

This hearing Monday afternoon by the Senate Republican Policy Committee should offer useful information about the anti-jobs Employee Free Choice Act. It’s certainly a good opportunity for the media to ask Senators about the ill-considered, non-starter of a not-a-compromise being shopped about by Lanny Davis on behalf of some retailers. (See this AP story, “Companies seek middle ground on union card check“. Right. That’s the middle ground being shoveled into the grave of the U.S. economy by organized labor.)

Senate Republicans to Hold Hearing on Employee NO Choice Act

WASHINGTON – The Senate Republican Conference and the Republican Policy Committee will hold a hearing on the card check bill, the Employee NO Choice Act, on Monday, March 23, to discuss the dangers this legislation poses to small businesses. Senator Orrin Hatch will chair the hearing. With businesses across the country struggling financially, the last thing Congress needs to do is saddle the businesses that create jobs for Americans with higher costs and more regulation as a result of this misguided legislation. The hearing is open to the media.

WHO: Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Ensign, R-Nev.
Conference Vice Chairman John Thune, R-S.D.

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
Senator Robert Bennett, R-Utah
Senator Jim Risch, R-Idaho


  • Eugene Scalia will give a broad overview of this issue focusing on the secret ballot and binding arbitration provisions.
  • Frank Cannon, a construction employee based in Virginia, will address how this bill would affect him and his coworkers.
  • Augustine Martinez, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will address how this legislation will affect small and medium-sized businesses throughout the country.
  • Kathy Gornick, owner of a small manufacturing business in Kentucky, will focus on the unique effects the bill will have on the technology industry.

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