Senate rejects open-ballot unionization bill

WASHINGTON The National Restaurant Association praised the U.S. Senate for rejecting a measure that would have allowed labor unions to organize in restaurants and other workplaces without holding secret ballot elections.

Proponents of the bill were unable to get the 60 votes necessary to force the Senate to consider the Employee Free Choice Act, which had been championed by organized labor and which sought to replace federally supervised secret ballot elections

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