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PA Sen. Specter to Oppose Card Check

In a setback for organized labor, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Tuesday he will oppose a bill that makes it easier for workers to form unions.

Specter was the only Republican to support the Employee Free Choice Act two years ago and unions were hoping he might be the crucial 60th vote needed to overcome an expected GOP filibuster of the measure when it's taken up this summer.

Source: Washington Post

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EFCA Backers Not Interested in Alternative

An alternative offered by three of America’s largest corporations to a labor bill that would facilitate union organizing has been shunned by the legislation’s most prominent champions on Capitol Hill.

Costco, Starbucks and Whole Foods offered the alternative to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) Sunday to open up a different approach to reforming labor law. Known as the Committee for a Level Playing Field, the coalition has been met by harsh words from lawmakers in Congress. 

Source: The Hill

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The News About Global Manufacturing is So Bad, it Might Be Good

As factory production collapses around the world, excess inventories that stand in the way of an eventual recovery are disappearing even faster. That may allow manufacturing to stabilize later this year, providing some relief for a global economy that is contracting for the first time in six decades.

Source: Bloomberg

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Manufacturing Accounts for 42% of Feb. Mass Layoffs

Employers took 2,769 mass layoff actions in February that resulted in the separation of 295,477 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on March 20. Each action involved at least 50 persons from a single employer.

Source: RP News Wires

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Senate Confirms Kirk as Trade Representative

The Senate Wednesday confirmed former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk as U.S. trade representative, filling one of the final high-level posts on President Obama’s economic team.

Business groups, fearful that lawmakers at home and abroad are warming to new trade barriers amid the global recession, have been anxiously awaiting Kirk’s confirmation.

Source: CQ Politics

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