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Card Check bills in the House and Senate

2 April, 2009

On 17 March, 2009 I wrote about the introduction of H. R. 1409 by George Miller of CA; the bill is titled “To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes.”   What it really is intended to do is allow union organizers to by-pass the secret ballot in favor of presentation of a majority of signed cards asking for a union.  It is a process known now as “card check.”  Miller’s bill has been in the  House Committee on Education and Labor.

What I have not done since then is to follow up with the other three bills that are waiting as well, one more in the House and two in the Senate.

The other House bill is H.R. 1176, introduced by George Kline of MN on 25 February, 2009 entitled “To amend the National Labor Relations Act to ensure the right of employees to a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.” (italics emphasis mine)  It is also in the House Committee on Education and Labor.  (This bill has 111 co-sponsors.) The short title of the bill is “Secret Ballot Protection Act.”

In the Senate there are two bills, one introduced by Edward Kennedy (S560) and one by Jim Demint of (S478).    Needless to say, Kennedy’s bill is in support of the Card Check method and Demint’s bill is in defense of the secret ballot.


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