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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 07:28 PM
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Breaking: Legislation Introduced to Reverse Anti-Worker Labor Board Decisions
Source: AFL-CIO weblog

Breaking: Legislation Introduced to Reverse Anti-Worker Labor Board Decisions

by James Parks, Mar 22, 2007

Americas workers have a real chance to reverse decisions by the Republican-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that opened the door for employers to take away union protections from millions of workers in nearly every profession.

Late today, Reps. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) and Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) introduced the Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradeworkers (RESPECT) Act to help workers regain their rightful place as partners in the workplace with employers.

The bill would reverse a Republican party-line NLRB vote in September 2006 to slash long-time federal labor law protections of workers freedom to form unions.

The rulings came in three cases, collectively known as the Oakwood cases after the lead case, Oakwood Healthcare Inc., which reinterpreted the definition of supervisor in a way that greatly expanded the number and types of workers that can be classified as supervisors.

Read more: http://blog.aflcio.org/2007/03/22/breaking-bill-introdu... /



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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 07:44 PM
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1. Don Young is one of the sponsors? Interesting.
Glad to hear this legislation is being introduced. Just wouldn't have expected Young to be one of the advocates for it.
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BayCityProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 07:57 PM
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2. Good
I am glad to hear the Dems are proposing so much pro-union legislation..the Democrats haven't properly stood up for labor in a long time. This, the amendment added to the homeland security bill to allow unionization, and the card check bill are all great bills.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 08:39 PM
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5. I agree. whole heartedly
there is so much work to be done - so many things to be corrected. I am very heartened to see that even without margins in the senate (which could make timidity be the word of the day) that some movement is being taken on very vital issues that directly impact so many americans lives.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 08:09 PM
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3. Recommended thread!
:kick: And a kick too.
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 08:34 PM
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4. Wow! wow! wow! ..that's all I can say
was I dreaming or did I read that there was some back bone shown for the working men and women in this country. Thud.....I'm ok, picking myself up off the floor now.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 08:59 PM
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6. Undoing BushCo will be backbreaking.
Since we aren't repealing the diseased and harmful bills in toto, there could be small bits that escape to infect the very bones of the United States.

And we're going to have to fight very hard to survive.
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KingBob Donating Member (47 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-22-07 09:32 PM
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7. The Fight for Union Rights
As a proud union member, I must say it is about time Congress takes on BU$HCO and their union busting. I have worked for many years for union rights for my coworkers, lately against the DoD NSPS (National Security Personnel System) which was a Rumsfield tool to destroy the unions representing federal workers. Now, if this becomes law, many workers, who are not supervisors except in the eyes of the BU$HCO controlled (that is, the US Chamber of Commerce) NRLB, will be able to have the protection of union rights and laws once again.

Good job, but where the hell has Congress been for the last six years?
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