Labor advocacy groups like the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or the AFL-CIO, are hoping to see the Employees Free Choice Act, or EFCA, receive congressional approval this year.
Netroots Nation, a liberal activist group, held a conference in Pittsburg, Pa., over the weekend to make the EFCA a top priority.
Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., attended the conference and may have changed his position on the legislation.
He told Netroot Nation conference attendees that he would vote to cut off debate for the Employees Free Choice Act.
"I expect the cloture vote to occur on a modified version of the EFCA legislation," Specter said in a statement. "And I will support that cloture vote."
This goes against Specter's earlier stand in the Senate where he expressed concern over card-check legislation that would have eliminated secret ballots in employee votes for and against organizing unions.
Source: Roll Call