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This is the fifth in a series on pending bills to amend the National Labor Relations Act. The series so far has examined the RAISE Act. Prior parts may be found at my Daily Kos user page here. This part discusses a different bill.

The second bill amending the National Labor Relations Act that we’re looking in on is S.1227 / HR 2808 A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to protect employer rights.

Thank goodness someone is worried about employers in these trying economic times. Really. I mean that. They have a lot on their plates what with banks folding and not lending money. And what with orders tanking. And what with having to tell employees the bad news, that they have no jobs.

So I am so happy that Senator DeMint of South Carolina and Representative Steve King from Iowa’s  5th District are taking action to protect employers. After all, if they can help pull employers out of their doldrums, then employees can be back at work, making money, and supporting their families and themselves.

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One of the issues presented by the RAISE Bill is exclusive representation. That is, under the NLRA, the union chosen by the employees by majority vote or recognized by the employer as the majority representative of the workers, is the exclusive representative of all the employees in the bargaining unit.

Although employees are allowed to discuss problems and even reach resolutions of them with the employer, those resolutions cannot trump the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Here are parts I and II.

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Nothing was more predictable than that the Right would respond to an effort to amend the National Labor Relations Act by offering their own amendments - either to kill the bill or for horse trading.  

Here is the first of those bills I will examine - the RAISE Act, introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act AKA the "RAISE Act" H.R. 2732/ S. 1184.

Part 1 posted on Daily Kos may be found here, and on unbossed may be found here. It lists the bills to amend the National Labor Relations Act that had been introduced as of Sunday.

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First: Do you have a pulse? You are reading this, so I will assume the answer is "Yes". If so, then you have probably heard about the Employee Free Choice Act even though you may not know what all its provisions are, particularly any of its provisions beyond representation based on signing cards in addition to representation based on a secret ballot election. It has been in the news, discussed in diaries on Daily Kos and the subject of ads here for years.

But did you know that this year we have a bumper crop of other bills to amend the NLRA, including proposals by Republicans eager to amend this country's fundamental law on employee rights to support one another, union organization, and collective bargaining?

As you might expect, the bills introduced by the Republicans are not friendly amendments, nor are they friendly to worker rights, unions, or collective bargaining.

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Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:08 AM PDT

Rep. Joe Wilson's (Anti-Union) War

by shirah

crossposted from unbossed

Ah! Springtime and time for Representative Joe Wilson (R-S.C) to engage in the annual rite of introducing the Freedom From Union Violence Act, just as he introduced it in the 110th Congress and the  109th Congress  and just as it has been reintroduced year after year.

FUVA is a major initiative of the National Right To Work Commitee. Its position on the need for FUVA may be found here.  

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It's been a rough road for public employees during the Bush years, and certainly federal employees have weathered harsh treatment. Part of it comes from the general disrespect the Republicans have demonstrated toward anything related to government and governance. If it wasn't privatization, it was bad management. If it wasn't bad management, it was dishonest managers and the revolving doors between lobbyists and agency leadership positions, between regulators and the regulated.

Now we have the facts and figures.

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Thu May 21, 2009 at 05:03 AM PDT

More on corruption at the PBGC

by shirah

crossposted from unbossed

A couple days ago, unbossed reported on the Senate's request that the Inspector General of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) report on misdeeds under the prior administration connected with doling out a Strategic Partnership contract to manage $2.5 billion in PBGC assets.

Wednesday, the PBGC Inspector General issued her report.

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Oh, so last December, you might have seen this announcement issued by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC):

December 22, 2008

PBGC Hires Strategic Partners For $2.5 Billion in Private Equity, Real Estate

WASHINGTON—The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today announced the selection of investment firms BlackRock, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan as strategic partners to manage $2.5 billion in assets and provide support to PBGC's in-house investment staff.

"These new strategic partners will do much more than manage assets," said Director Charles E.F. Millard. "Our strategic relationships will be long-term in nature, and will add tremendous value for the PBGC going forward."

Or maybe not so long term, unless you consider that this relationship is now under investigation . . . and those consequences may well be longterm.

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Yesterday Rush Limbaugh was all over Obama’s health care plan. He played a clip of Obama praising companies that have wellness plans that promote more exercise, weight loss, stopping smoking, and the like. Rush was somewhere between apoplectic and outraged that actions like these were useful and claimed that he saw a study somewhere - he couldn’t recall where - that said these programs actually do no good for health and lowering health costs.

According to Rush, Obama was spending two days on health care, so now it’s "problem solved". Just like, Rush said, Obama spent two days with the car companies and was calling it problem solved.

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In recent years we got used to news that the Bush administration had used regulations and the regulatory process to do end runs around Congress . . . well, and the American people. One of the most important players was the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) - an organization that used its oversight in what seemed to be endless nefarious ways.  Here is a brief walk down OIRA memory lane, as seen by unbossed, for those who want to go there.

Today GAO released a report dated April 20, usually an indication of some "issues" with a study's content and recommendations. The report itself, a case study of the time and issues related to the promulgation of a rule, seems uncontroversial and a good idea. But, there are bodies buried in that terrain.

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Consider just how bad a deal would have to be to make you willing to pay $126 million to walk away from it. That’s what happened a week in Chicago. The consortium that had put up $126 million in earnest money - and that Mayor Daley had given a 6 month extension - decided to call it quits and leave the money on the table.

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Were you part of the election protection team in 2004?  Did you ever wonder how it was created?

Why, of course, was never a question after the horrors of the 2000 selection. And the voting irregularities brought to us by Diebold,  among others.

Did you ever wonder who were the people behind the national effort to protect votes during that election?

And if you had the chance to vote for one of the organizers of the 2004 election protection program as your state's Secretary of State - the person charged with overseeing each state's elections - wouldn't you do so?

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