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Bloomberg reports that Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-California) plan to introduce so called “card check” legislation in the US Congress today, setting in motion what inevitably will be a contentious debate about organized labor’s top priority for the year.

As Bloomberg writes, “The measure would let workers form a union when a majority of company employees sign a card requesting one, rather than permitting their employer to require a secret-ballot election run by the National Labor Relations Board. The bill, formally called the Employee Free Choice Act, would amend the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the Depression-era law that helped build the modern labor union movement in the U.S.”

While the legislation is supported by President Barack Obama and many in the Democratic majority, it is opposed by the GOP minority and by wide range of companies that feel it gives organized labor an unfair advantage when it looks to organize businesses.

KC's View:
There would seem to be so many more important things to do right now that would allow companies to be more competitive and get the nation out of recession. Focusing on this bill now just seems like a bad idea.