UPDATE: The vote tally is in, and Sen. Salazar voted in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. Sen. Allard voted nay. 6:20pm
The U.S. Senate has passed its first hurdle when it comes to immigration reform, by approving cloture by 64-35.
While at the same time, another proposal that would make it easier for unions to organize failed to obtain cloture.It was the second try for the immigration vote after failing earlier in the month. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar—a architect of the bipartisan proposal—voted for the measure while Sen. Wayne Allard voted against it.
The Employee Free Choice Act, which was approved by the House and would make it easier for unions to organize in the work place when a majority of employees sign union cards, was not approved by Senate.
The measure had a lot in common with House Bill 1072, passed by the Colorado General Assembly and vetoed by Governor Bill Ritter.
More to come.