Sunday, November 13, 2011

Republican Congress Attacks the Unions Again

Republican congressmen in Washington DC, oblivious to the resounding defeat of SB5 in Ohio, are busy waging war on the unions with a new bill  "H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act".  This bill is clearly mislabeled, what it should be called is:" HR 3094, Keeping Employees From Joining Unions Forever".  The bill was sponsored by far right republican John Kline of Mn.  The bill is endorsed, of course, by the US Chamber of Commerce.  The US Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter recommending the passage of H.R. 3094:
Since efforts in previous Congresses to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) have
failed, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has been working to enact similarly radical changes to America’s labor laws through the administrative process. While the Board’s outrageous complaint against the Boeing Company has rightfully garnered many headlines, other actions by the Board threaten to dramatically tilt the labor-relations landscape in favor of organized labor at the expense of job creators and employees

The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act
in order to prevent the Board from enacting two of these job killing policy initiatives...
"Job killing policy initiatives", sounds like Speaker John Boehner wrote this letter for the Chamber of Commerce.  They go on to state that:
Simply put, the modest changes that would be provided by H.R. 3094 would restore the legal status quo that existed prior to the Board’s radical policy shift.
 The "legal status quo that existed before" was anything but fair, it might have been the status quo, but it was weighed heavily in favor of business.  From the graph above you can see that union membership has been sinking drastically since 1967 and also the middle classes share of national income has sunk along with it.  Business has been doing very well, thank you, with record profits in 2010, but the middle classes share of that income has been almost non-existent. The Communications Workers of America has a letter you can send to your congressional Representative, opposing H.R. 3094 here.
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