Card Check: The First Report of the Senator’s Speech

By March 24, 2009Economy, Labor Unions

Allentown Morning Call blog, “Specter comes out against “card check”

Posted by Josh Drobnyk at 2:41:17 PM on March 24, 2009

A day after telling a Lehigh Valley audience that he was still weighing whether to back a labor rights bill, Sen. Arlen Specter came out against the measure today, all but killing the prospects the legislation will pass in its current form.

Specter, speaking on the floor, said the dismal economy makes it “a particularly bad time” to enact the Employee Free Choice Act, a measure labor leaders have been pushing for years to make it easier for workers to form unions.

“I have made up my mind,” Specter said. “This announcement should end the rumormill that I have made some deal for my political advantage.”

Specter had been lobbied hard by labor leaders and business groups in recent weeks on the legislation, but consideration of the bill on the Senate floor is still weeks away and Specter’s sudden announcement came as a surprise.

He said he would be “willing to reconsider … when the economy returns to normalcy.”

With respect, it will never be a good time to let labor organizers intimidate company employees into joining a union against their will The economy will never recover to the point where it’s a good idea to have the government impose wages, benefits and work rules on employers and employees through binding arbitration.

Wall Street Journal, “Specter Won’t Back Card-Check Bill”

And the lovely people at The Nation, “Specter Stabs Unions in the Back

UPDATE (3:14 p.m.): As implied above, the Allentown paper covered Sen. Specter’s remarks Monday in Lehigh Valley. Here’s that story: “Specter tells business leaders union vote will be ‘on the merits‘”

UPDATE (3:20 p.m.): Talking Points Memo DC, “Specter: I’ll Vote No on Employee Free Choice Act

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