The Washington Post is reporting that Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced he is switching political parties and will run as a Democrat for Senate in 2010. Here is the official statement from Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO Legislative Director:
"We look forward to continuing an open and honest debate with SenatorSpecter about the issues that are important to Pennsylvania and America.We move forward with the understanding that America’s workers supportelected officials based on their positions on issues that matter toworking people, not political affiliations.
This is a new day for the Employee Free Choice Act and labor lawreform. Sen. Specter has said all along that he recognizes the need toreform our broken labor law system and we will continue to work withCongress to give workers back the freedom to form and join unions andpass legislation that stays true to the principles of the Employee freeChoice Act."