EFCA’s death took place last week in Arkansas. Exactly 10,407 voters killed it — the margin of victory incumbent Blanche Lincoln gained over union-backed Bill Halter in Arkansas’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.

Lincoln early on expressed serious concerns over EFCA. Labor decided to defeat her (to make an example of her) by spending $10 million

Today marks the first day of the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention in Pittsburgh. More than 1,000 delegates are expected to be in attendance. They will have their hands full with a packed agenda that includes electing new officers, setting priorities for the federation and debating health care reform, job safety, green jobs, immigration, and the economic crisis

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D.-Mass.) on August 28 has left open the chairmanship of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP Committee). The Committee has jurisdiction over legislation related to labor issues, including Employee Free Choice Act. 

The HELP chairman is responsible for moving legislation through the Committee and