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Hey, Rachel, did you read the "Employee Free Choice Act" bill?

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 10, 2009 04:01 PM

No, no she didn’t.

J. Justin Wilson has the vid and administers the spanking:

Rachel Maddow has always been in the bag for big labor, even before she joined MSNBC. Despite that, I gave her more credit than this. During last night’s show she told her viewers to “read the bill,” with the bill being the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act. Then, claiming that it’s “really simple to explain,” she doesn’t turn to the bill, but rather to Rep. George Miller’s fact sheet, which was issued by the Democrats on the House Labor and Education Committee…

…If Maddow’s viewers actually took her advice and “read the bill”—not the partisan hack job “fact” sheet she pretended was the bill—they would read that if a union turns in cards representing more than 50% of a company’s employees, “the Board shall not direct an election but shall certify the individual or labor organization as the representative described in subsection.“


Related: Sen. Ben Nelson doesn’t like what he’s seen of Card Check so far.

More on the Senate Democrat wavering from the WSJ:

Key Senate Democrats are wavering in their support of legislation that would give more power to labor unions, dealing a setback to labor’s top priority as businesses warn of the damage the bill would cause.

The battle over the “Employee Free Choice Act” — expected to be introduced Tuesday — is seen as a power struggle among labor unions and businesses, as well as a test of whether moderate Democrats and Republicans will push back on Democratic congressional leaders and the Obama administration.

At least six Senators who have voted to move forward with the so-called card-check proposal, including one Republican, now say they are opposed or not sure — an indication that Senate Democratic leaders are short of the 60 votes they need for approval.

The legislation is divisive and distracting, said Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln in an interview Monday. The Democratic lawmaker, who was previously seen as a supporter, said the Senate should focus on creating jobs and improving the U.S. economy. “I have 90,000 Arkansans who need a job, that’s my No. 1 priority,” she said. The legislation, she said, would be “divisive and we don’t need that right now. We need to focus on the things that are more important.”

Sen. Lincoln is one of several moderate Democrats expressing doubts about the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill would allow unions to organize workers without a secret ballot, giving employees the power to organize by simply signing cards agreeing to join. A second provision would give federal arbitrators power to impose contract terms on companies that fail to reach negotiated agreements with unions. Both provisions are strongly opposed by business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor are among the Democratic lawmakers who have backed off their previous support.

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