Politics & Government

McConnell says GOP won't support Employee Free Choice Act

None of the 40 Republicans in the U.S. Senate support legislation that would allow workers to join a union by signing cards instead of voting in a secret-ballot election, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.

If the Employee Free Choice Act, which McConnell calls the "Employee Forced Choice Act," passes the Senate, the Democratic members will have to do it, he said during a telephone conference call with reporters.

Earlier in the day, during a speech before about 400 persons at a Commerce Lexington policy luncheon at Keeneland, the Republican leader from Louisville lashed out at the measure backed by labor.

He called it "a big step in the wrong direction."

McConnell said the AFL-CIO wants the measure approved because "private sector union membership has declined from a high of 35 percent in the 1950s to 7.5 percent now."

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