Specter Backs Union-Organizing Bill

The Pennsylvania senator declares a compromise deal, but the Employee Free Choice Act may still be tough to pass
Senator Arlen Specter's pronouncement is a disappointment to business groups that have engaged in a forceful fight against a bill. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

The Employee Free Choice Act—the embattled bill that would make it easier for unions to organize—may have gotten new life on Sept. 15 when Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) announced that he had reached a compromise with labor representatives on a bill that could pass later this year.

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