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Friday, January 23, 2009

Bad News For Unions

Good News for the workers of America. From the Emails 012309

Hey folks,

It's Friday, time to go to the Emails.

Secret Ballots are safe. Congress did the right thing. Now Unions that wanted to know who Voted against them coming in and taking over the work place, which for any other reason than to intimidate those into Voting for them I can not think of, will have to keep guessing.

Those workers that do not believe that Union do anything but muck up the system, and take the hard earned money from the Workers, still have the right to anonymously voice their opposition. It is a good day for the Workers of America.

Dear Mr. Carlock:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about employee collective bargaining rights. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to take this opportunity to respond.

On February 5, 2007, Representative George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800). This measure would provide workers the ability to form and join unions through signed authorization from a majority of employees designating the union as its bargaining representative. In seeking to eliminate employer manipulation of union certification, this bill also takes away employee's option of voting by secret ballot, which could lead to the discrimination of workers by the certified union. H.R. 800 was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 241 to 185 on March 1, 2007.

On June 26, 2007, H.R. 800 failed to receive the 60 votes necessary for the Senate to proceed in the consideration of the measure. Because of my concern over the elimination of secret ballot elections and binding arbitration mandates, I voted against the motion to consider this legislation. The bill failed by a vote of 51 to 48. Please know I will be sure to keep your thoughtful comments in mind should the Senate again consider legislation related to employees and collective bargaining rights.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,

Mel Martinez
United States Senator

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Have a great Weekend. See you Sunday.
Peter

2 comments:

Employee Free Choice Act Now . Org said...

Employee Free Choice Now . Org


Educating The World on The EFCA.
Myth vs. Reality: The REALITY is the Employee Free Choice Act Helps American Workers and their Families.

Despite the need for reform, critics of EFCA continue to misinform the public about the bill and hide the serious shortcomings of current labor law. Democrats are committed to setting the record straight and passing this important legislation on behalf of American workers and their families.

MYTH: EFCA will prevent the use of secret-ballot elections.

REALITY: EFCA does not strip workers of their right to choose a secret-ballot election to decide whether to select -- or not to select -- a union representative. EFCA simply gives workers the additional option of selecting a union representative by majority sign-up.


For More Information on EFCA please visit our website and blog

http://www.employeefreechoiceactnow.org

http://efcanow.blogspot.com/

http://www.LaborUnionResources.Org

Peter said...

Hey there,

Welcome to the OPNTalk Blog.

"The REALITY is the Employee Free Choice Act Helps American Workers and their Families."

Great! How?

"Despite the need for reform, critics of EFCA continue to misinform the public about the bill and hide the serious shortcomings of current labor law."

What?

"Democrats are committed to setting the record straight and passing this important legislation on behalf of American workers and their families."

OK. Great. Details of what is wrong with the current Labor Laws and what you plan on actually fixing? I know we have some pretty strict labor laws here in Florida. What is it you feel Labor Unions can do to improve the Workers Rights and how does this "Act" help families?

"MYTH: EFCA will prevent the use of secret-ballot elections.

REALITY: EFCA does not strip workers of their right to choose a secret-ballot election to decide whether to select -- or not to select -- a union representative. EFCA simply gives workers the additional option of selecting a union representative by majority sign-up."

Care to prove that?

Seriously, I have looked over this Bill and see it as a way to help Unions force their way into the work places of those that may not even want them there. Doing away with secret ballots make it easy for both Employers and Unions to attempt to intimidate workers one way or the other.

So since you took the time out to post a comment here, how about answering a few questions?

I'm not a big fan of Unions. I know that at one time they had a very REAL need to exist and that they did do a lot of good.

However, we now have some very strict Labor Laws and things in place to protect the workers. My dealings with two different Unions in the past say ten years, has shown me that in reality, all Unions of today do is muck up the system and collect dues from workers that are already paid too little. When the Employee gets fired, the Union rep shows up, sits there, takes notes, and the Employee goes home Jobless.

So can you give me REAL reasons why Unions are nothing more than dues collecting, dinosaurs? If you chose to answer any of this, I give you the floor. You can Email me your response at opntalk@aim.com or leave another comment here and I will post it as the Daily article for all to see.

I'm open to opposing views. How about it? can you prove to me and others that think as I do about Unions that there really is even a need?
Peter