Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, to help level the playing field between workers and bosses in union organizing and bargaining, will be labor’s top priority in the new 111th Congress, top AFL-CIO officials said. But roadblocks remain for the legislation. One big problem will be the U.S. Senate, where workers and their allies did not get the filibuster-proof 60-vote majority they were shooting for. The law, passed by the House in this Congress, was derailed by a Senate filibuster led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who won re-election Tuesday.
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