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    :: Saturday, February 24, 2007 ::

    Labor Seeks Boost From Pro-Union Measure - By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, New York Times
    Business groups argue that if secret-ballot elections are good enough for American voters, they should be good enough for union members.

    Joseph A. McInerney, chief executive of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, said, “It’s simply un-American.”

    Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao has also denounced the bill, saying, “A worker’s right to a secret ballot election is an intrinsic right in our democracy that should not be legislated away at the behest of special interest groups.”

    Mary Beth Maxwell, executive director of American Rights at Work, a pro-union group, said it was surprising that corporations were defending workers’ rights. “The notion that corporate lobbying coalitions and front groups are the new champions of workers’ rights and democracy is laughable,” Ms. Maxwell said.
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