Americans for Tax Reform congratulates Sen. Specter for his decision to vote against cloture and final passage of the Employee Free Choice Act better known as Card Check. This is perhaps the most important issue facing Congress this year.

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Specter to vote against Card Check
ATR commends Sen. Arlen Specter for his commitment to vote against both cloture and final passage of Employee Free Choice Act
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Americans for Tax Reform was able to confirm today that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) will announce his intent to vote against both cloture and final passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as “Card Check.”
Senator Specter has come through in the clutch,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is almost certain to be the single most important vote of 2009. The Employee Free Choice Act has the potential to do tremendous damage to the economy at an extremely vulnerable time. Thank you Senator Specter for standing on the side of individual liberty for American workers.”
Among other anti-worker features such as binding arbitration, EFCA will eliminate a worker’s right to a federally-supervised private ballot election. Instead, private ballots will be replaced by a kind of open-air petition known as a “card check.” Under this system, workers would lose their right to privacy. Employers, union organizers, and co-workers would all know whether individual workers each vote for or against unionization.
Additionally, a recent study from The Alliance to Save Main Street Jobs estimates that the effects of the EFCA and card check will cost 600,000 American jobs in 2010 alone.