By Braden Campbell (March 11, 2021, 9:04 PM EST) -- The country's largest labor federation added its voice Thursday to a chorus of calls to gut the filibuster as the U.S. Senate prepares to debate a sweeping proposal to shift federal labor law in unions' favor.
Describing the policy obstruction mechanism as an "artifact of Jim Crow" that has blocked equal pay legislation, Social Security expansion and "countless other measures that would have helped our country," the AFL-CIO urged Democrats to reform the filibuster if Republicans wield it to stop the Protecting the Right to Organize Act and other organized labor priorities.
"Should a minority in the Senate seek to hide...
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