Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, weighs in more fully on a report that Democrats have agreed to jettison a key provision of the Employee Free Choice Act: “As we have said from day one, majority signup is the best way for workers to have the right to choose a voice at their workplace,” Stern says. “The Employee Free Choice Act is going through the usual legislative process, and we expect a vote on a majority signup provision in the final bill or by amendment in both houses of Congress.”
AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale sought to downplay the news a bit, characterizing the compromise as a routine part of the legislative process. But the original Times report says that Democrats have “abandoned” the provision–commonly known as Card Check–altogether. Stern’s statement suggests that a compromise on the provision itself might assuage him, calling for “a majority signup provision,” but that dropping it completely won’t fly.