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Card Check - United Auto Workers Try to Unionize Indiana Plant March 25, 2009

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posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:27 PM
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Well, Card Check has failed it's first public test, even though it is not even a law yet.

An auto parts manufacturer in Indiana was the target of the UAW unionization attempt. The following video tells a tale of how workers felt threatened and intimidated by union workers into signing the card which would authorize the union:



This intimidation is exactly what opponents of Card Check, aka Employee Free Choice Act, have warned about. This is what loss of a secret ballot buys you.

The bill is scheduled for debate this week.




posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:32 PM
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I watched that report myself JSO, and while I think that the union movement was initially based on a good idea to look out for the blue collar crowd, it seems that the Unions' hierarchy have turned into the people that they were originally against.

I could be wrong but these strongarm tactics remind me of the brownshirts in the Hitler era.

All workers should be entitled to a secret ballot, let alone feel safe to go to and leave work without being harassed, let alone being followed home.

Is the bill expected to pass?



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:36 PM
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COMPLETE BS!!!!

Since when is a union vote open? That defeats the frickin purpose. I'm strong union but it's the choice of the individual as to whether they unionize or not AND it's the choice of the individual as to how they vote once in a union. Can you point the legislation out please, I would like to look at this POS.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:38 PM
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I believe this is the bill in question:
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OLD BILL disregard...
current legislation linked below

ed:correct a gross error



[edit on 3/25/2009 by JacKatMtn]



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:39 PM
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It's very close right now. The unions thought they had Arlen Specter on their side, but now he says he cannot support it, given the economy.

He was expected to give them the 60th vote needed to avoid filibuster:

online.wsj.com...


Republican Sen. Arlen Specter dealt a blow to organized labor's top legislative priority by announcing that he wouldn't support a bill to make it easier to unionize workplaces.

The AFL-CIO and the bill's Democratic sponsors had been counting on Sen. Specter's vote to reach the 60 needed in the Senate to avoid a Republican-led filibuster. In 2007, Sen. Specter voted for cloture on the bill, or to cut off debate, but he said he could not do so now, especially given the recession and the weak economy.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:40 PM
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Here you go.

Is it expected to pass? It is kind of up in the air right now. People are flip-flopping on their stances daily.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:44 PM
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I was incorrect, there are 2 bills one in the house and one in the senate which are from this year which would have to be the one's in question here.

senate

house

sorry for the misinfo



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 05:59 PM
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"Search results are only retained for a limited amount of time.Your search results have either been deleted, or the file has been updated with new information."

Damn. This is important if I'm reading this right. It's the gov't putting forth legislation that will, in effect, turn union(potential) members against each other? I'd really like to see this.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:01 PM
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thomas.loc.gov...

search parameters : Employee Free Choice Act

this congress session bill will say 2009

hope this leads you there.



ed:clarify

[edit on 3/25/2009 by JacKatMtn]



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:02 PM
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Originally posted by JacKatMtn
reply to post by jsobecky
 


it seems that the Unions' hierarchy have turned into the people that they were originally against.


from speaking from first hand experiance,you ARE correct..Its disgusting to see what they have done to our trades..



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:05 PM
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My link still works. For the House Bill, at least.

As for turning people against each other, this is basically terminating secret ballots in union votes. I'd say that would turn a lot of groups against each other if the secrecy is taken out of the process.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:06 PM
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The tech challenged thank you.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:12 PM
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Here is the Senate version (S 560)

The House version is HR 1409.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:14 PM
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Talk about capitalist propaganda! "If the president and the unions have their way..." Give me a break!



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:17 PM
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I hear you, though I wouldn't paint all of the unions with this broad brush, I just fear the MAJOR ones would use the Open vote as a tool to recruit/harass those who choose not to join.

A situation which would surely weed those people out, IMO, who wants that kind of stress when you are trying to earn a paycheck.

I could be overreacting but I don't trust the unions to act in a professional manner should the open vote become law.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:20 PM
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Is there any organization or body who would act in an ethical manner if an open ballot was law?

I honestly don't think that people think these things out, the ramifications of them, before they try to pass them into law.



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:28 PM
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If this was to become law, and I started getting harassed and they started showing up on my door step. The day they show up on my door step I would tell them to leave and tell them they are trespassing and I would call cops and explain to them that so and so was just at my door and harassing me to sign the card.

This is so there is a paper trail so when they start walking me to my car and harassing me more, I can file a formal complaint of harassment against that person.

Unfortunately, I don't think a lot of people are that patient. Just because this would do away with the secret ballot it doesn't give them the right to intimidate and harass you into signing the ballot if you don't want too.

Hopefully this piece of garbage legislation doesn't pass though.

Edit - need to learn to proof read.

[edit on 25-3-2009 by Hastobemoretolife]



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:31 PM
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It appears that there is a lack of brain cells operating on Capitol Hill right now, not good for the future....

Ultimately, they were voted into office by US (or were they?), so I can see them all blaming us for the mess they are causing.

I wouldn't put it past them



think positive.. think positive... walks off



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:36 PM
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In addition to eliminating the secret ballot, the bill has another troubling provision:

If the two parties cannot reach an agreement, the gov't will step in and mediate.

If arbitration cannot reach an accord, then the gov't will 'settle the dispute'.

www.govtrack.us...



‘(3) If after the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the date on which the request for mediation is made under paragraph (2), or such additional period as the parties may agree upon, the Service is not able to bring the parties to agreement by conciliation, the Service shall refer the dispute to an arbitration board established in accordance with such regulations as may be prescribed by the Service. The arbitration panel shall render a decision settling the dispute and such decision shall be binding upon the parties for a period of 2 years, unless amended during such period by written consent of the parties.’.



Oh, brother!



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:38 PM
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Sounds like they are using this bill as a path way for the government to negotiate all contracts.

We are heading down the wrong road fast.



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