We saw much hand-wringing among business groups on Capitol Hill last month after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 241-185 to grease the skids for union organizers. The so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” (H.R. 800) would eliminate secret-ballot union elections and allow workers to decide union representation based on a simple “check card” process.
Outlook: Don’t expect the bill to move any further. Democrats hold a slim 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate, and they probably can’t muster the 60 votes needed to cut off a threatened Republican filibuster. Even if the bill did pass the Senate, the White House has promised a veto.