Hallmark to speak at Chamber

Published 8:16 pm Friday, May 22, 2009

The executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Moore Hallmark, is scheduled to visit the Camellia City in a few weeks.

Hallmark, in partnership with the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, will address “one of the most critical issues ever to threaten your business,” a controversial piece of legislation before Congress known as the Employee Free Choice Act.

According to the legislation, the act seeks to make it easier to form and join labor organizations and to stiffen the penalties for unfair labor practices during unionization efforts.

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The EFCA would serve as an amendment to the National Labor Relations Act and would revise the “card check” process used under current U.S. labor law.

Supporters of the legislation, which include President Barack Obama, say it would help protect the rights of workers.

But it has met fierce opposition by critics, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hallmark, who will hold a briefing on the EFCA and its potential effects on business operations including: wages and bonuses, employment levels, retirement and health care plans, promotion procedures, work assignments and the subcontracting, closure, sale or merger of a business.

Hallmark will make his presentation at the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce office [the train depot] on Commerce Street June 10 at 9 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, registration is required. For more information, call 382-3251 or e-mail chamber@greenville-alabama .com.