Just in case you haven’t heard, Specter announced his opposition to EFCA and to voting for cloture. You can watch a video of his speech on LaborPains here.
But don’t get out the champagne just yet. The Hill quotes Reid saying that EFCA’s not dead:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dismissed the suggestion that Specter’s vote is the death knell for card-check, formally known as the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
“Oh, I don’t think so,” Reid said. “He’s not the only Republican who has indicated a willingness to consider something being done.”.
Specter proposed a number of changes to the NLRA along with his speech. It’s also important to note in his speech that Specter leaves the door open to compromises, saying “I would be willing to reconsider Employees’ Free Choice legislation when the economy returns to normalcy.” In other words, this battle will resurface, sooner or later.
Meanwhile, Huff Post’s Levine tries to make hay of the Seattle 3’s Third Way proposal.