Sen. Specter Spurns Labor

Don’t cry socialism just yet: A bill that would embolden organized labor by easing union organizing is encountering resistance from Sen. Arlen Specter. The AFL-CIO had been counting on the Pennsylvania senator’s vote in support of the Employee Free Choice Act to block a Republican filibuster. Citing “many difficult reasons,” Specter rejected the hotly contested bill, saying it was the most heavily lobbied issue that he could recall. As it is currently written, the bill “would enable unions to more easily organize workers by getting signatures on cards, rather than by voting in secret ballot elections,” The Wall Street Journal reports.