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House Proceeding on Mar 1st, 2007 :: 3:51:08 to 3:55:33
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George Miller

3:48:10 to 3:51:08( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: George Miller

George Miller

3:50:53 to 3:51:08( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: ballot is allowed for but not required by mexican labor law. however, we feel that the secret ballot is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that workers are not intimidated into voting for a

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:51:08 to 3:51:18( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: union they might otherwise choose. . the words proposing to protect workers of mexican workers and not american workers, is a crime. it is ironic that the sponsor of this bill proposes

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:51:08 to 3:55:33( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard P. Buck McKeon

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:51:18 to 3:51:31( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: to uphold the protections of the mexican workforce at the same time they strip the american workers in their jobs here at home. i urge my colleagues to vote down this bill that amounts to

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:51:31 to 3:51:44( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: a be drail of the american workers. mr. andrews: yield to the gentleman from new jersey for unanimous consent. >> i ask unanimous consent to insert my statement into the record the speaker

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:51:44 to 3:51:54( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: pro tempore: without objection. mr. kucinich: i'm sure the american people may find it ironic to see a drum beat here in the very house of the people where we depend on having our votes for all

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:51:54 to 3:52:06( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: the world to see. workers' rights are human rights. and the fight to increase workers' rights is a fight to bring economic justice and dignity to those who have created the infrastructure. in

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:52:06 to 3:52:17( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: this fight, no tool is more fundamental than the right of workers to organize. the results are obvious. union members weekly wages are 30% higher than the wages of nonunion members. and 68%

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:52:17 to 3:52:31( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: of union members have a fully insured pension, where only 14% of nonunion workers can say the same. three-fourths receive health care. less than the majority of nonunion workers have that

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:52:31 to 3:52:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: protection. the right to organize has increasingly come under attack. this is a chance to stand up for the right to organize. the chairman: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. kline: i yield

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:52:41 to 3:52:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: myself 15 seconds. we voted when we vote, it's on behalf of some 700,000 people who have a right to see how we're voted. now i would like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from louisiana

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:52:52 to 3:53:04( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: the chairman: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. boustany: i rise in opposition to this bill and i'm disappointed that many of the amendments that my republican colleagues were

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:53:04 to 3:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: prepared to offer were not made in order. my amendment would have been to have that card returned. they don't have that protection under law. employees in louisiana were trying to get their cards

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:53:16 to 3:53:28( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: back but were informed that it had no authority to require a return of a signed card. now a cooling off period is standard in many areas of business. we a lou it for purchases of homes and

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:53:28 to 3:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: cars, but my colleagues on the other side of the i'll don't think we should it allow it for employees if they want the union as their exclusive representative in the workplace. a company in

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:53:40 to 3:53:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: louisiana became the unwilling target of a campaign to organize personnel that service the oil and gas industry. louisiana is a proud right to work state and many hard working mariners

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:53:52 to 3:54:03( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: came forward to protest the tactics used by the union. after visits, one vessel officer had to issue -- have an arrest warrant issued against the union organizer. even more troubling, mariners

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:54:03 to 3:54:15( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: were misled and told they should sign the cards and if they had a change of heart they could vote in a secret election. but the union's intent was to bypass the secret ballot, gain the

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:54:15 to 3:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: 50 plus signed cards and pressure the company to recognize them. the attempt failed and the union office has disbanded. that is what this legislation allows, it allows the union to gather signed

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:54:26 to 3:54:39( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: cards often under questionable circumstances and bypass the secret election where workers are free to vote in private without coercion or outside influence. this example provides some balance to

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:54:39 to 3:54:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: the arguments made by my friends on the other side of the aisle. but i believe -- and let's be straight, there are bad apples on both sides, but number one priority should be protecting all

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:54:52 to 3:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: americans. if the system is broke, let's work together to fix it. but denying the secret ballot isn't the answer and i urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation. the chairman: the gentleman

Howard P. Buck McKeon

3:55:12 to 3:55:33( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: from new jersey. mr. andrews: section 6 of the bill makes it clear that if a card is invalid, it will not be counted and an employee who asks for his or her card back would be an invalid card. i

Robert E. Andrews

3:55:33 to 3:55:50( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: am pleased to yield to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. yarmuth. mr. yarmuth: madam cheer, they have tried to frame this debate as unions versus workers, i don't think it is working. the opponents

Robert E. Andrews

3:55:33 to 3:56:41( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert E. Andrews

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