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As Starbucks, others seek Employee Free Choice compromise, anti-union lobby stands in the way.

By Ali Frick  

"As Starbucks, others seek Employee Free Choice compromise, anti-union lobby stands in the way."

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efca-logos2.jpgThe Wall Street Journal reports today that Costco Wholesale Corp., Starbucks Corp. and Whole Foods Market Inc. are seeking to compromise with union groups to support a modified version of the Employee Free Choice Act. The compromise would allow a union to be formed if 70 percent — instead of the current bill’s 50 percent proposal — sign a card favoring unionization. However, the anti-union lobby refuses to back the deal:

“These huge companies are apparently willing to sell out hundreds of thousands of small ones under the guise of making some phony and misguided compromise with Big Labor,” Mix said in a statement. “We believe we have this draconian bill defeated outright, so these actions may well lead to the bill’s passage.”

The Workforce Fairness Institute’s (WFI) Danny Diaz slammed the proposal in his morning e-mail, Politico reports, calling it a “non-starter” and “even worse” for workers. WFI’s executive director Katie Packer said, “Calling a proposal which exposes 70% of employees to intimidation instead of 50% a ‘compromise’ is beyond absurd.”

Update

The AFl-CIO also signaled its wariness of the proposal. “We expect to pass it the way it is now,” said Stewart Acuff, an assistant to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.

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