The U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- along with other industry-funded groups, such as the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace -- is fighting the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a bill that would make it easier for employees to join labor unions. At the same time the Chamber is saying EFCA would "impose new and costly regulations on business," it hired the lobbying firm of former House Majority leader Dick Gephardt, "who enjoyed strong support from organized labor during his political career." According to the vague lobbying disclosure forms, the Gephardt Group may not lobby on EFCA. It registered to represent the Chamber on "intellectual property," environmental and manufacturing issues.
By Diane Farsetta on March 05, 2009