Card Check Lite?
2009 has been a roller coaster year for Card Check. EFCA was riding high at the start of the year, but has seen support erode as businesses ramped up grassroots advocacy efforts. House Democrats would likely pass a Card Check proposal, but have deferred leadership to Senate Democrats. Even with Al Franken (who was seated yesterday as Minnesota's junior Senator) the Senate Democrats lacks a filibuster proof majority on Card Check because several Senators, including Lincoln, Feinstein, and Specter, have voiced opposition. Others such as Landrieu, Nelson and Webb have expressed concerns.
But you shouldn't count out Card Check yet. Not by a long shot. Compromise discussions are underway businesses could soon be faced with "Card Check Lite" that may contain many of the onerous provisions of the first bill including binding arbitration.
If you haven't tuned in to the Card Check discussion for a few weeks, you need to get plugged back in. This article - Stay Tuned For Card Check "Lite" by the US Chamber's Glenn Spencer - offers a good recap of where a compromise might be headed and what that means for business.