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McDonnell Opposes Card-Check Legislation

Tim Craig

Former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell, the GOP nominee for governor, said today he will campaign vigorously against efforts in Congress to approve the Employee Free Choice Act that would make it easier to form a union.

In a conference call with reporters, McDonnell said the proposed legislation would undermine Virginia's status as a right-to-work state.

"I have come to say today this is not good for Virginia, this is not good for our free enterprise system," McDonnell said. " We don't want to turn Virginia into southern Michigan."

Under the legislation, which is a top priority of organized labor, workers could decide to unionize without holding secret elections. McDonnell said the bill "goes very, very much against the spirit of American democracy."

McDonnell's statements could help him win over some members of the state's influential business community. Earlier today, a group of business leaders from Virginia traveled to Washington to lobby Congress against the bill.

"The card check bill will push an already weakened economy even deeper into trouble by significantly driving up labor and benefit costs," said Hardy Josephson of the Goochland County-based Luck Stone Corp, who joined the trip sponsored by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Despite Democratic gains in recent years, McDonnell believes that the Virginia electorate remains skeptical of labor unions. During his conference call, McDonnell repeatedly noted that labor unions are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into the state Democratic Party.

"They are obviously meant to influence these elections and hurt the balance between management and labor we have in the Commonwealth," McDonnell said.

By Tim Craig  |  March 10, 2009; 5:19 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Tim Craig  
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