Specter Raises Hopes For Deal On Major Labor Bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sen. Arlen Specter says the "prospects are pretty good" for a compromise on legislation making it easier for workers to form unions.

Specter had come out against the bill in March, disappointing labor leaders.

They had hoped he would be the crucial 60th vote needed to overcome an expected GOP filibuster of the Employee Free Choice Act.

But Specter has since switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, and he said Thursday that he's been meeting with labor leaders and fellow senators in hopes of coming up with a compromise he could support.

Specter is facing re-election next year and is under pressure for pro-union groups as they consider whether to endorse him.

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