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With card checks on the ropes, fight turns to binding arbitration

Post Time:Aug 04,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:111

The willingness of some Democrats to drop the "card check" portion of a union organizing bill has led opponents of the measure to intensify their attack on another major provision: binding arbitration if a new union and management can't agree on a first contract within 120 days.

"We suspected from the beginning that the binding arbitration was packaged with the elimination of the secret ballot in order to create a straw man they could take down later," said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

A small group of senators led by Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa is working out a compromise of the Employee Free Choice Act, one of the most polarizing measures in Congress and the top legislative priority of labor leaders, who want to reverse years of declining union membership., according to an Aug. 4 AP report on Law.com.

Read a Glass Magazine article on the card check bill.

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