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House Proceeding on Mar 1st, 2007 :: 3:59:52 to 4:03:43
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Yvette Clarke

3:56:41 to 3:59:52( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Yvette Clarke

Yvette Clarke

3:59:34 to 3:59:52( Edit History Discussion )

Yvette Clarke: listening to the other side. it is the best man bite dog story and the irony isn't lost. all the while, the national labor relations act section seven protects those rights. and section eight prohibits

Roy Blunt

3:59:52 to 4:00:07( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: a variety of practices and is not doing a good job of that. it would prohibit employers from interfering or coercing or discriminating against employees in the exercise of their rights and has not

Roy Blunt

3:59:52 to 4:03:43( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roy Blunt

Roy Blunt

4:00:07 to 4:00:19( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: been successful. these protections have not been enough. the reality is when employees want to organize a union, one out of every four get fired illegally. fired, 25% of the people for

Roy Blunt

4:00:19 to 4:00:38( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: the union activity. their remedy, go to court for years and years and if you're successful, you might get rehired or back pay, but then you would have to offset that. too many employers think that

Roy Blunt

4:00:38 to 4:00:58( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: is a good deal. in 2005, 31,000 workers received back pay because of illegal employer discrimination. that should do away with any thought that this is a minor problem. 78% of employers in

Roy Blunt

4:00:58 to 4:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: organizing drives forced their employees to attend one on one meetings against the union with their own superviseors. there is no truth squad in there and making sure it is fair and balanced.

Roy Blunt

4:01:16 to 4:01:34( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: 92% employers force employees to attend meetings against the union and some hire consultants or union busting firms. now naive do we have to be to think those union busters are in there to

Roy Blunt

4:01:34 to 4:01:53( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: make a fair and level playing ground. employers have been notorious of dragging out the initial negotiations for years. that is not good faith bargaining as is supposed to be protected. they are

Roy Blunt

4:01:53 to 4:02:10( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: making a mock erie of the bill. if this were international and looking at elections, we would expect people to be on a level playing field and protection against pressure being able to

Roy Blunt

4:02:10 to 4:02:28( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: support a position, we would expect there would be protection against the direction that you vote for a specific candidate, but that is not what is happening here. ms. chairman, what we

Roy Blunt

4:02:28 to 4:02:46( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: are doing is altering the playing field back to fairness. we had the ability that you could have an election or sign the majority of the people that you wanted. at some point, a few decades

Roy Blunt

4:02:46 to 4:03:06( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: they changed that and said we will let the employer veto that choice. we are going to give the choice, the ability to balance back to the worker so they can choose if they want an election

Roy Blunt

4:03:06 to 4:03:24( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: to organize or majority of the people to sign a card. they want that fair process. we need it because it's their ability to do it, protects them. the chairman: the gentleman's time has expired.

Roy Blunt

4:03:24 to 4:03:43( Edit History Discussion )

Roy Blunt: the gentleman from minnesota. mr. kline: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot. the chairman: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. chabot:

Robert E. Andrews

4:03:43 to 4:04:01( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: i rise in opposition to this bill. the ability to vote freely and without fear of retribution. the bill before us today would take this right from american workers when deciding whether or

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