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Senate Proceeding on Sep 23rd, 2010 :: 1:35:10 to 1:38:35
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Tom Harkin

1:34:48 to 1:35:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: spirit of democracy that we have in this country. you can vote "yes," you can vote "no," or you don't have to vote. if you don't want to vote, you shouldn't be assigned a "yes" or a "no" vote. it shouldn't be counted at all in the outcome of the election.

Johnny Isakson

1:35:10 to 1:38:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Johnny Isakson

Johnny Isakson

1:35:11 to 1:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: i sphrongly oppo colleagues to oppose this resolution of disapproval. i yield the floor. mr. isakson: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. isakson: let me take a moment to share a few alternative ideas to the distinguished senator's representation. with regard to response to my question in the confirmation hearing that all

Johnny Isakson

1:35:34 to 1:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: rules should be based on their merit, i think that's a very good response. but does coincidental or ironic that in one of the largest union votes in the history of america, the vote that will take place on whether to unionize flight attendants, that when they were sworn in as board members, the previous election was postponed to give enough time for the rule

Johnny Isakson

1:35:56 to 1:36:20( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: change to take place in the first place? i don't know whether that was judgment on merit itself or whether it was coincidental timing but i would say it was probably not based solely on the maifort decision. -- and i love the senator from iowa -- if you follow his process on not

Johnny Isakson

1:36:21 to 1:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: counting the "no" vote, once the union takes place, it is a permanent decision exempt for an anty combated, archaic straw man alternative which means that if you follow the senator from iowa's thought in its entirety, once we're elected in the senate, we wouldn't have to run fo there's no permanent -- just because the national mediation

Johnny Isakson

1:36:43 to 1:37:03( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: board has a different rule in terms of requiring the majority of the people in the class and not having a decertification class is a permanent decision. i don't think it should be a permanent decision when one of us is elected to congress. that's why we've elections in congress every two years or in the so let's rember that this is a decision, when you change this rule, you are allowing a

Johnny Isakson

1:37:04 to 1:37:25( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: minority to make a permanent decision for a class of workers. that is a very high threshold, and i think requiring a majority vote of all those affected not only makes sense but the reason it was done was to protect the national mediation board's intent in the first place in terms of interstate commerce and the united states of america which, by the way, in terms of congress not having any need to

Johnny Isakson

1:37:26 to 1:37:50( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: have a say in this, the constitution of the united states requires us to regulate commerce and i think it is a very good point. so i just wanted to add those two points. on the case of merit, i think it's very obvious that there were at least some considerations specifically because of one vote -- i.e., the vote of the delta and northwest flight atent daunts and that's

Johnny Isakson

1:37:51 to 1:38:12( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: why the union withdrew the mediation board an opportunity to pass the rule and affect a pending vote to organize. secondly, i want to point out about not representing people or not allowing people to be represented, under the national mediation board and in the transportation industry, 72% of the employees are unionized versus the average in the united states of 8%.

Johnny Isakson

1:38:13 to 1:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: nobody is talking about preverule-preventing organization. we're only talking about -- we're not trying to skew the balance between labor and management. we're trying to equalize that balance. the change -- to change this rule, given the threshold that has been in place for 75 years,

Johnny Isakson

1:38:34 to 1:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: is to weight the balance in

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