Card Check: Specter Switches to Dems, Still Opposes EFCA

By April 28, 2009Labor Unions

From his statement:

My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans. Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (Card Check) will not change.

The Senator says he is running for re-election as a Democrat in 2010.

The March 16th Washington Times reported, “EXCLUSIVE: AFL-CIO pledges votes for Specter“:

Angling for a critical Senate swing vote to pass the “card check” bill that would make it easier to form unions, Pennsylvania labor leaders promised Sen. Arlen Specter that they will switch union members from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party to help him win a tough 2010 primary election, The Washington Times has learned.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President William M. George said he pledged Mr. Specter “all kinds of help from the union” in a series of meetings to woo the Republican senator’s support for the bill, which would ease rules favoring secret-ballot elections to unionize workplaces.

“We are pushing to give him help in the primary, including changing Democrats to Republicans for the primary,” Mr. George told The Times. “It’s hard to do because of other races in the state … but we’ll do it for ‘card check.’ “

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.) From NBC: *** UPDATE 9 *** The AFL-CIO thinks this means Specter could be open to supporting “Card Check” now: “Throw out all the common wisdom about Employee Free Choice Act,” a spokesman sent around to reporters after hearing of the news.

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