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McGovern vs. unions

From NBC's Abby Livingston
A liberal icon is teaming up with an anti-card check organization to stop impeding pro-union legislation that is being pushed in Congress.

The Employee Freedom Action Committee (EFAC) is running ads in "targeted markets and on national cable" featuring 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern decrying the card-check legislation that is currently being deliberated in the legislative branch.

The organization's website calls the card-check "fundamentally wrong" and McGovern himself says in the ad, "I've always been a champion of labor unions, but I fear that today's union leaders are turning their backs on democratic work place elections." He adds, "I've listened to all their arguments, and I've reviewed the facts on both sides. Quite simply, this proposed law cannot be justified."

The ad, however, is not new to some television viewers. It previously aired in the fall in contentious Senate battleground states including Colorado, Oregon, New Hampshire, Maine, Minnesota, Louisiana and Mississippi. EFAC has reintroduced the ad because the card-check legislation is now in the congress.

McGovern's denouncement is all the more striking because his presidential nomination is viewed as one of the most liberal and once electorally disastrous choices for the Democratic Party. EFAC reached out to him after he wrote a op-ed in the Wall Street Journal a year ago.