The Hill reports that the newly elected head of the SEIU labor union, Mary Kay Henry, has reaffirmed that the jobs-killing Employee Free Choice Act remains the “main plank of [the SEIU’s] legislative platform,” but she recognizes that it’s”unlikely this year as Democrats no longer have the 60 votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster.” This comes just a few days after the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka doubled-down on his labor union’s commitment to see the bill passed in some form by seeking ways to “tack” it on to other, more politically viable pieces of legislation.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who has been leading the effort in the Senate to pass the legislation, paints a different picture. The AFL-CIO’s path forward appears the most realistic approach, the Senator indicates, but he still bluntly asserts that he has “no higher priority” other than to pass the pending bill.
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