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Arlen Specter withdraws support for Card Check.

24 March, 2009

‘Card-check’ bill dealt setback

Specter withdraws support for union measure
S.A. Miller (Contact)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Despite lobbying from labor, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has withdrawn his support for the Card Check Bill which would have allowed a majority of employees to “vote” in a union by simply signing a card saying they wanted it.  The process would have done away with the secret ballot now currently needed to secure the right to unionize.  Mr. Spector was the only Republican to support the bill two years ago, but has recently changed his mind.

“I am announcing my decision now because I have consulted with a very large number of interested parties on both sides, and I have made up my mind,” he said. “Knowing that I will not support cloture on this bill, senators may choose to move on.”

The card check is not dead according to Senator Harry Reid.   He is fully confidant in his in ability  to see that no one stands in the way of this legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said Mr. Specter’s decision is not the end of the line for the bill.

“He’s not the only Republican who has indicated a willingness to consider something being done,” Mr. Reid said. “Anyone thinks they’re burying card check because of Specter’s statement in an effort to avoid a primary in Pennsylvania should not think that our legislation is going to go away.”

Senator Specter hoped that he hoped to clear up any questions about his benefiting in any way by his change of heart.

“I have not traded my vote in the past, and I would not do so now.”

The secret ballot, he said, was “the cornerstone of how contests are decided in a democratic society.”

He also said he opposed a provision mandating government arbitration to settle contract disputes, which he said “may subject the employer to a deal he or she cannot live with.”

from The Washington Times

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