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No Letup in Card Check Lobbying

The community leaders also delivered packets that included a letter with 570 Workers’ Rights Board member signatures, more than 300 endorsements from local community groups and more than 22,000 postcards from nonunion allies.

Business groups are also continuing to put pressure on Members to oppose the bill.

A coalition of minority business leaders — including the Asian American Hotel Owners Association; the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers; the National Black Chamber of Commerce; the Latino Coalition; and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — held their own press conference Tuesday to continue lobbying against the card check bill.

“They want to come in and run your business for you and probably run it into the ground,” National Black Chamber of Commerce President Harry Alford said.

Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continued its efforts, starting a $1 million ad buy last week in Nebraska, Colorado, Virginia, Louisiana and North Dakota. The ads, which will continue through next week, feature home-state residents urging people to tell Congress that there is no compromise.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also helped the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce with a fly-in of about 100 people who met with Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor.

The Associated Builders & Contractors also turned up the heat Tuesday, sending a letter detailing the group’s initiatives over the recess with the names of more than 3,000 contractors and more than 200 electrical engineers.

“There is no room to compromise on this legislation,” said Brewster Bevis, director of legislative affairs for the group. “I think those guys see their baby is dying a slow death, and they are looking for anything to resuscitate it in any form or fashion.”

The ABC, which has its legislative conference in June, will have about 600 contractors on Capitol Hill with card check as its No. 1 priority.

“I think there’s a very real possibility that we can stop this,” Bevis said. “We’re turning on the after burners, and we’re going to continue on with this fight until we’ve driven the final nail in the coffin.”

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