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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:30 AM
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McConnell's EFCA Attack (Employee Free Choice Act)
 
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Mitch McConnell attacks Employee Free Choice Act will fundamentally harm America and Europeanize America.

This clown is an ASSHOLE, WHAT is wrong with Europe? Labor Unions are part of the fabric of Europe.

http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/01/23/mcconnell-... /

Today in a press conference at the National Press Club, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attacked narrow interest groups in Washington, such as labor unions. Specifically, he went after the Employee Free Choice Act:

I came here to speak about bi-partisanship, but this is an issue on which there will be no bi-partisanship. This is an outrageous proposal. It will fundamentally harm America and Europeanize America and we will have a big political fight over this.

McConnell also claimed that rank and file union members arent clamoring for the Employee Free Choice Act to be passed.

First, the stat that McConnell trotted out from former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (who is also McConnells wife) was completely distorted. He claimed that only 7 percent of the private sector (about 8.8 million workers) being unionized indicates that workers dont want to join unions. However, an AFL-CIO survey found that there are 60 million American workers who say that they would join a union if they could.

So why is the percentage so low? As The Wonk Room has repeatedly noted, its because employers do everything that they can to prevent unions from organizing. <More at link>
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:36 AM
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1. All of a suddenthese guys are in love with secret ballots and 'democracy.
And might I add: I would love to be like Europe. Health care, multiple parties etc.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:43 AM
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2. This asshat substitutes 'Europe' for France to stir up Nationalism
among his asshat followers.
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infidel dog Donating Member (186 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:02 AM
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3. What do you expect from this jerkoff?
Fuck you where you breathe, Mitch, and all your capitalist buddies.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:32 AM
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4. i couldn't believe what my husband had to go through to TRY to unionize
his workplace. it's like they were sneaking around. they lost that vote by 8 votes. how frustrating!!! especially considering what the company has done to the employees since then. my husband has asked recently a few of the no voters... and they plan to vote for the union the next time the vote comes up. i can understand the uncertainty of folks about getting a union. but I think seeing that nyc, which has unionized, and has gotten a raise when the rest of the company employees haven't might be opening some eyes. it's not like the company can just move overseas. my husband and his co-workers service atms and cash registers. can't really outsource that.
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Third Doctor Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:08 PM
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5. I live in a right to work...
and be fucked state. There is always a few company minded ass kissers that screw up labor's attempts to organize. That;s why a lot of factory workers are taking less pay.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:31 PM
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6. What's wrong with Europe?
What's wrong with Europe? Too intellectual and smart? Too diverse?

And tell me, during that 1st 100 years of American Democracy, did slaves get a secret ballot? Was that the message then?

I'm in a right to work state too. And if someone finds out you're union, you don't get hired. I'm in the film industry (wardrobe) and the union always comes in and fights with the production company and eventually everyone gets union pay. But not until a month or so of work has been done...at right to work pay. That's the time of preproduction that uses the most people. The time union stuff kicks in is also the time they start trimming down the crews. What a racket.
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