Specter Switch Raises Hopes for Card Check

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) on Apr. 28, 2009. Specter announced that he is switching parties and will now be a Democrat. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The AFL-CIO welcomed the Apr. 28 announcement that Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican moderate from Pennsylvania, would be crossing the aisle and joining the Democrats. But union supporters who hope that Specter's move would push ahead so-called card check legislation that would make it easier to hold union votes in the workplace may not be ready to celebrate yet.

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