October 2008
Search    

Elections stakes are high for labor issues | Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill not ratednot ratednot ratednot ratednot rated

Elections stakes are high for labor issues

Labor-related bills could be enacted soon

by Duane L. Musser
Be the first to comment


As the 110th Congress winds down, it is not surprising a number of labor-related issues remain unresolved after two years of tension between a Democratic majority in Congress and a Republican administration. As such, labor issues are likely to be high on the legislative agenda when a new Congress convenes in 2009.

Organized labor, led by the AFL-CIO, entered 2007 with high hopes for achieving several legislative priorities given the Democratic takeover of Congress during the 2006 elections. However, this optimism quickly was tempered by the reality that a razor-thin majority of Democrats in the Senate is not sufficient to pass legislation, especially with President Bush standing by with his veto pen.

Labor unions now are placing a large bet that electing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as the next U.S. president and adding more Democrats in Congress—particularly in the Senate—will result in passage of their top priorities during the next two years.

Organized labor has several labor-related proposals on its wish list, all of which currently have strong support in the House of Representatives but have been stalled by Republican...



To read the article in its entirety, please log in or register (registration is free).

Log in or register for FREE access to this article and other Professional Roofing online content.

Not a professionalroofing.net user?

Register now for free access
  • Full access to every article
  • Online Web exclusive information
  • Photo gallery
  • Breaking news
  • Online classified ads

Already a professionalroofing.net user?

Log in now

User name:

Password:

 


Login help
Click here to have your user name and password emailed to you.




Comments (0) Login to post a comment or rating
There are no comments posted.

NRCA NRCA