NEWS BITTS – Union measure defeated

The Senate has blocked a proposal that would allow unions to organize without a secret ballot election. The move to bring the Employee Free Choice Act to a vote failed 51-48, with all Democrats, one Republican and an independent voting for it. Sixty votes were needed to end debate. Under the measure, which earlier sailed through the House, a union could be certified immediately after most workers signed cards authorizing it. The issue likely will come up again, especially in election-year campaigning.

– D.K. Dupont

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