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    :: Saturday, February 24, 2007 ::

    Unions back in the fight: House Democrats consider easing labor organizing - By Stephen Franklin, Chicago Tribune via ENR
    Cornell University labor expert Rick Hurd is not sure what a final bill might look like, nor is it clear that the proposed changes will markedly affect labor's problems. "It would make it easier for unions to organize, but it would still be a struggle," he said, adding that labor's woes go beyond its NLRB tangles.

    The biggest payoff would come, he suggested, for unions that have invested heavily in organizing drives in workplaces not facing long-term job layoffs. One of these, he said, is the hotel industry.

    Unions have planned over 150 events this week around the nation with the goal of showing Congress that they have the public support.

    In turn, the business leaders have cobbled together what one Washington business lobbyist describes as the largest coalition of diverse business and interest groups united behind a single cause. The group is known as the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace.
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