McConnell says Republicans united against labor bill

September 02, 2009 | | Comments 12

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

None of the 40 Republicans in the U.S. Senate support legislation that would allow workers to join a union by signing cards instead of voting in a secret-ballot election, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.

If the Employee Free Choice Act, which McConnell calls the “Employee Forced Choice Act,” passes the Senate, the Democratic members will have to do it, he said during a telephone conference call with reporters.

Earlier in the day, during a speech before about 400 persons at a Commerce Lexington policy luncheon at Keeneland, the Republican leader from Louisville lashed out at the measure backed by labor.

He called it “a big step in the wrong direction.”

McConnell said the AFL-CIO wants the measure approved because “private sector union membership has declined from a high of 35 percent in the 1950s to 7.5 percent now.”

That has happened “because we have very enlightened management in this country now, treating employees better and employees have decided they don’t want to pay the dues.”

Unions say the measure is needed because current federal labor law does not protect workers interested in organizing from unfair termination by employers.

The law also would impose binding arbitration to insure employers negotiate with newly organized workers. Employers say that would deny them time to lobby workers against joining a union.

Bill Londrigan, head of the state AFL-CIO, said McConnell opposes the proposal “because it goes against all his big corporate contributors.”

Londrigan scoffed at McConnell’s remark that management is “enlightened.”

“What planet is he living on?” asked Londrigan. “We read all the time of CEOs who are destroying corporations, ripping off Wall Street. How enlightened are they?”

– Jack Brammer

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  1. Sally Mclafferty says:

    The Republican party…the party of No…no ideas, no nothing…stop any progress by the Democrats at any cost.

    what a joke the party has become!

  2. phyre says:

    Groucho Marx used to sing a song called “Whatever It Is I’m Against It”. Should be the Republiclown theme song.

  3. Buck Feshear says:

    Well it’s a good idea to say “no” to non-secret ballots for unionization. Screw the labor thugs!

  4. B. F. says:

    Forget politics for a minute.

    The issue at hand: Is it appropriate to allow a group of employees to organize in such a way that the resulting group has restrictive power over the people who created the business in the first place? I say, maybe.

    Moreover: Is it appropriate to allow this group to come to power without information from both the pro-organizers and the anti-organizers? I think not.

    Do we elect our public officials this way? Nope. There must be some consideration given to the fact that the people who run these companies have a unique set of skills that enables them to understand how to most effectively run their company. Sure, you can find examples of those who don’t do a good job or don’t work in the best interests of their company, just like you can also find examples of unions involved in fraud or unions that don’t work in the best interests of their members.

    However, transferring this power to employees who may not possess comparable abilities to run their company or who have possibly been MISLED by union organizers is wrong and irresponsible. Similarly, preventing unions from the opportunity to organize is equally wrong and irresponsible.

    Whether for or against unions, a reasonable person must concede that allowing both sides to present their case during union organizing initiatives is most definitely appropriate and responsible to both the business, its employees and shareholders.

  5. Phil says:

    I have to agree with B.F. – it has nothing to do with politics.. It’s about giving everyine the opportunity to get all the info. The bill (as I understand it) allows the labor union to get cards signed, which means they can come to your house and pressure you about signing on right there – no vote is required. That kind of pressure is not good, as many people would be essentially pushed in to the union.

    My father was a union member, and now he’s retired but working because the union contract was only good for 20 years, so the company shut down after 19.5 years, filed bankrupcy, and that was that.

    Perhaps THAT is why union membership is down from 35% to 7.5*%????

    It’s a silly bill – and I’m in agreement with anyone who opposes it.

  6. JustBob says:

    Will one of you Republican bashers please answer this simple question: what is the benefit in abolishing the secret ballot?

    I don’t get it. Help me understand. Why you’re in favor of this bill?

  7. fd says:

    Just like conservatives like mcconnell and the rest of them they want a third world america because when your poor and work for nothing you can be controlled ask the mexicans in mexico whats it like to work for nothing thats why they come hear to work so they can send money to their families. Wake up people you thank conservatives care about you they dont they care about the super rich. The only time conservatives care about the people when its time to vote after that they hate you yes you who work for a living.

  8. lilharpman says:

    The last thing American workers need now is to be less competitive in this global economy. The union organizers, who heavily support the Democratic candiates, want to come into your home and pressure you to sign a check off card instead of allowing you to vote in private on a secret ballot. They can\’t get voted in any other way. If this were allowed you would see the rapid collapse of our economy. We would survive it. By the way, Chandler did support this bill.

  9. fd says:

    Lets tell the conservatives that their health care cost to much and see if they drop their coverage and pick up the cost out of their own pocket. Do you thank they will do that hell no.

  10. Jerry Collings says:

    What a joke… Once again not one positive leadership coming from McConnell, just more of the same “I’m against what you have to say”…

    You don’t EVER see McConnell lead with a new idea, new positive program, new incentive program, new savings program, new anything!!!


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