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The US Chamber of Commerce is currently running an ad on the DailyKos front page.  If you click on it, they provide some alarmist propaganda about the NLRB's attempts (finally, after 8 years of neglect and hostility) to enforce the law to protect workers' rights to unionize.  Of course, the Chamber doesn't quite see it that way.  But here's the beauty part of this:  they solicit you to write to your Representative and Senators, provide a handy form to do so, and proposed text of a letter spouting all their lies.

Well, I took them up on their offer, and so can you.  Of course, I creatively edited their form letter before hitting the submit button.  You can see my edited letter below the fold.  (In case the ad's not up when you read this, you can go to the link here.

I find it delicious irony that I utilized the Chamber's resources to send out a pro-union letter to my representatives, one that most likely I wouldn't have sent otherwise.  Thanks, US Chamber of Commerce!  It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Here's my letter, as revised.

Over the past two years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has finally begin making an attempt to enforce the law protecting workers' rights to organize, form unions, and bargain collectively.  This comes after 8 years of neglect and even hostility to workers under the former administration.

Unfortunately, legislation has been introduced to reverse the reasonable, fair policies implemented by the NLRB.  The US Chamber of Commerce and other right wing, pro-big business, anti-worker groups are promoting four bills that would cripple the NLRB's attempts to enforce the law.  These bills are (note the Orwellian, misleading titles the bills' sponsors have attached to them):

•    The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)

•    The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)

•    The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)

•    The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).  

These pieces of legislation would destroy what few rights unions retain, making it virtually impossible for workers to join a union and protect themselves from predatory businesses that view their employees as an unnecessary cost center, rather than a valuable resource.  Adoption of these bills would only encourage more union busting and outsourcing.  I urge you to do everything in your power to defeat all four of thes monstrous pieces of sham legislation.  

The misnamed Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act would prevent the NLRB from implementing two rules designed to restore balance to the workplace and put employees on an even playing field with employers.  where a majority of workers have rejected unions.

The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act and the Job Protection Act , under the guise of merely protecting the right of employers to decide where to produce a product, would reverse the NLRB's findings in the Boeing case, where Boeing retaliated against unionized workers by shipping their jobs to a non-union plant -- a clear violation of existing law, and one that Boeing's CEO bragged about.  

The so-called Secret Ballot Protection Act would force elections, even where a majority of employees had already expressed their support for unionizing.  The sole reason for doing so is that employers want the opportunity to intimidate, threaten, and propagandize their employees to scare them away from exercising their rights to unionize -- the exact opposite of the democratic values the bill's sponsors falsely claim to promote.

As you can see, there is a huge pressure campaign to force these bills through.  The US Chamber is putting vast resources behind them.  I urge you not to fall for the lies and propaganda, and to protect employees from this campaign to further hamstring unions, by preventing employees from exercising their rights.  Please vote against all these outrageous bills.

Originally posted to RenMin on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 07:20 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, The Royal Manticoran Rangers, and Community Spotlight.

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  •  Tip Jar (167+ / 0-)
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    "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

    by RenMin on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 07:20:11 AM PST

  •  Hope this hits the reclist. (30+ / 0-)

    Mine:

    The US Chamber of Commerce and other anti-worker, anti-middle-class groups are deceitfully promoting four bills that would cripple the government's attempts to help workers protect themselves from predatory businesses that view their employees as an unnecessary cost center, rather than a valuable resource.  

    These bills are (note the Orwellian titles!):

    •    The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)
    •    The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)
    •    The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)
    •    The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).  

    I urge you to do everything in your power to defeat all four of these monstrous pieces of anti-employee, pro-1% legislation. In fact, to aid the middle class, to protect American workers, and to encourage job growth, I urge you to co-sponsor and strongly support these three important bills.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 07:42:15 AM PST

  •  Republished (14+ / 0-)

    to In Support of Labor and Unions.

    Hope you get some more eyes...

    Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

    by ask on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 07:57:20 AM PST

  •  I did it too! (17+ / 0-)

    I used your link to the ridiculous ad and I adapted your text, changed it slightly.

    It went through as modified! LOL Excellent!

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 08:00:12 AM PST

    •  So did I! (8+ / 0-)

      Canged it a bit myself and it eMailed through perfectly, thanks for the idea.

      •  I don't want the Chamber to get my contact info (4+ / 0-)
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        And I worry they may spot check some of these letters and swap the boilerplate back in if they don't like what they see.  Maybe they've got a bot looking for certain keywords such as "inequity" or "1%" or the like.

        Perhaps they are building a target list of people and IP addys to harass in the future.

        It's not paranoia if they really ARE out to get you.

        A really great tagline appearing here soon! Watch this space!

        by madhaus on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 01:27:06 PM PST

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    •  I didn't change it slightly. I gutted it and wrote (21+ / 0-)

      this:

      "Kill the unions."
      That's the message of the U.S. Chamber of Congress.

      And they now want people like me to write you in support of this.

      I believe in capitalism. True capitalism.

      Which sees workers as partners, not "units" to be exploited as much as the law will allow, then discarded.

      What we have now is corporatism. The control of companies is no longer in the hands of the true capitalists--the stockholders--but rests with executives who far too often value short-term gains--and the bonuses that go with them--over the long term good of their companies....and their company employees.

      No capitalist ever create ANYTHING on their own. Not a factory, not a service, not a product. They rely on workers, those who work for their company and those who work creating the infrastructure needed for products to be produced, shipped and sold.

      So workers, who are full contributors to the benefits of capitalism, should never be treated like the Chamber claims they should. They should be respected; and so should their right to organize.  Capitalists form organizations to promote what they value--the Chamber is proof of that. This same right extends to workers--who should have the right to organize into unions.

      So....don't vote for those deceptively named laws that will work to kill unions. Despite the Chamber's propaganda, American voters know what the purpose of such laws are....to keep workers poor, disposable and exploited.  

      We are workers. There are many more of us than CEOs. We will be watching what you do.....and we will vote accordingly.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 12:49:07 PM PST

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  •  Freep on (13+ / 0-)

    T/R'd and message sent.  Thanks Ren!

    I survived Satellite Apocalypse 2011... and all I got was this lousy sig.

    by divedeeper on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 08:53:04 AM PST

  •  Thank you. T&R'd. (21+ / 0-)

    My own edit:

    The right to join together in unions has brought American workers a level of prosperity and opportunity unparalleled in history.

    Now the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations are pushing bills  to restrict this right. Despite their worker-friendly titles, these proposed laws represent a direct assault on workers' rights.

    Therefore, I ask that you vote--and speak--against these bills:

    •    The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)

    •    The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)

    •    The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)

    •    The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).  

    Our economy grew strong and expanded when workers gained fair wages, collective bargaining and safe conditions. Please defeat these odious bills and keep our economy growing.

    Corporations are people, my friend Yeah, well, so's Soylent Green, so I don't find that very comforting. New video: Not Enough (HD)

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 08:56:08 AM PST

  •  That was fun and easy. (14+ / 0-)

    Everyone should do it. Took me about a minute.

    I sure my Republican Senators and Rep here in Indiana will get right on it.

    (That was sarcasm, if your batteries are low.)

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 09:48:30 AM PST

  •  Done (10+ / 0-)

    Loved it!  Thanks for this great idea.

  •  This is epic win. Epic. (8+ / 0-)

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:21:22 AM PST

  •  Applaud the effort. Having doubts as to whether (9+ / 0-)

    'freeping' this will result in any such customized messages actually being delivered, unless directly sent.  Of course, I could be over-estimating US Chamber of Commerce willingness to exert effort to sort out and censure messages they don't like.  Then, I wonder into which 'pile' speed-reading Congressional interns will sort such messages received from the US Chamber's web system?  Do they automatically go into the 'For' or 'Against' pile?  But hey, we won't know unless we try, so bang away, but be sure your message gets there via multiple paths and don't trust the US Chamber to get it there for you.  

    My main point is to just be aware the effect produced may end up being neutered or perhaps counted opposite of what you intended.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:25:02 AM PST

  •  easy peasy (9+ / 0-)

    i just copied & pasted your letter into the provided field, filled out the form to the right of the page and hit send.

    senators boxer & feinstein and congressman becerra may just have a good laugh over this.

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:33:14 AM PST

  •  Republished to The Royal Manticoran Rangers (6+ / 0-)

    This should attract a LOT more eyes and generate letters.

    This, meaning, this diary, of course. Letter sent, also.

    The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed. ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by ozsea1 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:34:35 AM PST

  •  My version (7+ / 0-)

    Over the past 10 years, regulatory agencies in Washington, DC have been largely remiss in protecting worker's rights.  

    Unfortunately, legislation has been introduced to continue the anti-worker policies supported by the US Chamber of Commerce.  I urge you to vote AGAINST all four bills that would revoke the regulatory responsibilities of this important agency.  These bills are:

    •    The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)

    •    The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)

    •    The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)

    •    The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).  

    These pieces of legislation will crush labor regulations and the rights of workers and employers and boosting our economy.  

    To aid economic recovery, protect workers' and employers' rights, and encourage job growth, I urge you to strongly OPPOSE these three crappy bills.

    In 2010, I paid more taxes than General Electric.

    by GrogInOhio on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:42:27 AM PST

  •  Done--copied your fine letter. (8+ / 0-)

    God hates FAQs, so stop asking why bad things happen to good people!

    by CoolOnion on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:42:45 AM PST

  •  Hey, you might not want to do this .. (5+ / 0-)

    that thing is a web form, you have no idea where that data is going!

    "Electronic media creates reality" - Meatball Fulton

    by zeke7237 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:50:06 AM PST

    •  Seriously .. (4+ / 0-)
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      the info you fill on the right is going directly into a computer and provided to "the organization leasing this system" .. filling out this form is not (necessarily) resulting in mail to anyone!

      "Electronic media creates reality" - Meatball Fulton

      by zeke7237 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:51:43 AM PST

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      •  What they're doing with your info: (6+ / 0-)

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        by zeke7237 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:54:30 AM PST

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      •  So when it sez it sent the email... (3+ / 0-)
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        it really didn't?  How do you know what's going on there?

      •  All they are getting is (1+ / 0-)
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        --my email addy that I only use for personal business, not my business or my friends-only email addresses;
        --the city and zip code where I work (I used my work rather than my home address); and
        --my name.

        All of the above is easily-discoverable public information. Revealing it to the Chamber does no harm.

        This is our time. We can do this. We can change the world.

        by Simian on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 01:19:22 PM PST

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    •  You need to take this down .. really (3+ / 0-)
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      it's bad advice, really bad

      "Electronic media creates reality" - Meatball Fulton

      by zeke7237 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 12:02:32 PM PST

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    •  good points... (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

      and yeah, I'll probably wind up on the Chamber's mailing list...still, I have to admit to "enjoying" receiving mail from the right-wing groups. I look for the BRE envelopes and return their crap to them ...plus receiving stuff provides a smokescreen...DH doesn't know WTH side of the divide I am on, allows me to fly under the radar for liberal/progressive causes ....

      It isn't shameful to vote your own self-interest instead of the interests of multi-national corporations--iceman

      by fumie on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 01:06:44 PM PST

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      •  I think you have (1+ / 0-)
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        deeper issues if you can't be honest with your spouse about your political viewpoint.  They don't have to like it, but they bloody well better respect it, and allow you to have it.

        •  on the contrary... (0+ / 0-)

          he "allows" me to have it, just doesn't want any $$ going out of what he considers his pile...never mind that I also work and earn money and contribute as much in terms of health and dental insurance. He has sent $$, enough to be listed in OpenSecrets, to GWBush, money we really couldn't afford after which I went ballistic since at that time I hadn't contributed to my candidate due to financial reasons and out of respect for his views. We also don't have yard signs or bumper stickers supporting candidates for that reason.

          It isn't shameful to vote your own self-interest instead of the interests of multi-national corporations--iceman

          by fumie on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 10:32:05 AM PST

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          •  I'm sorry, fumie--- (1+ / 0-)
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            Such situations as yours makes the actual balloting process even more important.  

            BTW Open Secrets is really strange, sometimes even a $25. contribution gets listed; other times a $300. + contribution isn't listed.

            I have in-laws who are Reagan, Bush-bots, listen to FAUX, love Anne Coulter, Beck and all authoritarian types; so I sympathize.  We don't have anything to do with them 10 years after they started calling us despicable names, etc.   DK has often been a place of refuge for me.  And the betrayal still hurts more than it should.

            Keep your self respect alive.  

    •  Disagree. (3+ / 0-)
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      By that logic, you'd have to be paranoid about filling out anything on the web. That would seem to me to be excessively cautious, and would undermine most activism that happens today.

      •  you *should* be paranoid! (1+ / 0-)
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        hell, I'm nowhere near as paranoid as people who are really paranoid about web security .. I just hate seeing all of these people unnecessarily feeding their info into the machine ..

        most of the progressive causes I give money to share my info to other (progressive orgs, ostensibly), but I can't imagine why I'd want to share my info with the USCC ..

        "Electronic media creates reality" - Meatball Fulton

        by zeke7237 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 02:24:42 PM PST

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  •  Tipped, rec'd, and done. (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the assist and the heads-up!

    So he says to me, do you wanna be a BAD boy? And I say YEAH baby YEAH! Surf's up space ponies! I'm makin' gravy WITHOUT THE LUMPS! HAAA-ha-ha-ha!!!

    by Cenobyte on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:50:21 AM PST

  •  Cool, I just sent a doosey of a letter. (5+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the help.

  •  Thanks! That was fun! (4+ / 0-)
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    Simian, elwior, Matt Z, betson08

    Over the past two years, regulatory agencies in Washington, DC have been advancing an agenda that is making it far more difficult to exploit workers and shrink the Middle Class. One of the worst offenders is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    Unfortunately, legislation has been introduced to reverse the pro employee policies put out by the NLRB. I urge you to defeat four bills that would reverse the regulatory provisions of this independent agency. These bills are:

    • The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)

    • The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)

    • The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)

    • The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).

    These pieces of legislation would disrupt the balance to labor regulations while attacking the rights of workers and furthering the decline of the working middle class.

    The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act would prevent the NLRB from implementing two policy initiatives: its proposed election rule, that would deny employers frivolous delays in union organizing campaigns, and its decision in Specialty Healthcare, which will allow workers of small groups of employees to organize in a bargaining unit within a larger organization.

    The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act and the Job Protection Act would amend federal labor law to deny the NLRB the authority to reverse jobs being relocated to another workplace or overseas to avoid their obligation to bargain fairly and not discriminate against workers who chose to organize or strike.product. These bills seek to further undermine the NLRB authority to the disadvantage of organized workers. The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act passed the U.S. House on September 15, and is awaiting Senate action.

    The Secret Ballot Protection Act would ensure that employers will have ample opportunity to pressure workers to reject union organizers. The elimination of "Card Check" agreement interferes with workers rights to freely assemble and declare their desires without employer interference or influence.

    To aid economic recovery, protect workers' rights, and encourage job growth, I urge you to stand up for the working middle class and defeat these important bills.

    Sincerely,

    If CEO's and their brethren have employment contracts, why do they insist that their employees don't need one?

    by JDPITALIA on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 11:57:09 AM PST

  •  Done (4+ / 0-)
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    Simian, elwior, Matt Z, betson08

    Easy and fun.

    "One big Union, one big Strike" IWW

    by jack 1966 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 12:00:58 PM PST

  •  Here's mine (5+ / 0-)
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    JDPITALIA, Simian, elwior, Matt Z, betson08

    "Over the past two years, regulatory agencies in Washington, DC have finally begun to protect working people in America.

    If Republicans had their way, we'd be back in the 19th century, with no child labor laws (thanks, Newt!), no minimum wage (thanks, Michelle Bachman!), and no oversight of workplaces (thanks all you Republicans!).

    Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, legislation has been introduced to reverse the pro-worker policies put out by the NLRB.  I urge you to reject bills that would gut regulations that save lives and protect the middle class.  These bills are:

    •    The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)

    •    The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)

    •    The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)

    •    The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).  

    These pieces of legislation will take us back to the 19th century, when Mr. Potter thought he had a wonderful life.  

    To aid economic recovery, protect workers' and employers' rights, and encourage job growth, I urge you to reject these regressive bills."

    I think maybe Mr. Potter is in the 20th century, but what the hell.  I used a little poetic license.

  •  Done. (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, betson08

    There sure are a lot of petitions and the like going around these days. I've signed about 99% of them.

    We cannot win a war crime - Dancewater, July 27, 2008

    by unclejohn on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 12:49:18 PM PST

  •  That was fun (3+ / 0-)
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    Simian, elwior, betson08

    I used it to knock the Chamber. Great fun and a great idea!

  •  Check out mine, written from a business-owner's (3+ / 0-)
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    perspective:

    Business Owners Support Fair Enforcement of Worker's Rights

    Recently introduced legislation supported by the US Chamber of Commerce would curtail the powers of the NLRB to enforce labor laws. But the Chamber's official position does not represent the informed views of most businesses. Some members of the US Chamber of Commerce are OPPOSED to the legislation, and others have quit the Chamber over the issue. Most businesses want predictability, not chaos and controversy, when it comes to rules that affect their businesses.

    Many businesses whose owners know their history, including mine, actually SUPPORT the current administration's return to the historical practice where the NLRB strives to fairly and reasonably enforce the laws protecting workers' rights. The reason is that those same laws benefit businesses by regulating how workers may fairly and peacefully exercise their rights, and by providing an enforcement agency, the NLRB, that employs a streamlined process for dispute resolution far more prompt and less expensive than litigation in court. Taking away labor rights and removing the NLRB from the equation will only INCREASE labor strife, because labor will no longer have effective legal mechanisms under which it can act. A return to the labor strife and violence that marked the late 19th century is definitely NOT in the interest of business, no matter what the misguided leadership of the US Chamber of Commerce may believe.

    Moreover, fair enforcement of labor laws reinforces the idea that employees should be treated with basic dignity. Businesses that already treat their employees with dignity should not have to compete with businesses who cut costs by taking advantage of lax labor law enforcement to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Competition should be about delivery of quality products and services at reasonable prices, not about which business more unscrupulously takes advantage of its own employees.

    I write to tell you that as a business owner, I support fair and reasonable enforcement of labor laws, and to urge you to oppose legislation that would reverse the reasonable, fair policies implemented by the NLRB under the current administration. Four such bills are now being considered:

    •    The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)

    •    The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)

    •    The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)

    •    The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).  

    These bills would badly erode the NLRB's powers and deprive workers of any semblance of the ability to fairly bargain. The unintended consequences would be severely negative for both business AND labor. Adoption of these bills would:

    •    result in MORE business disruption, because when labor is deprived of legal tools to resolve disputes they will respond in the only way they can--by strikes and taking to the streets;

    •    result in MORE costly lawsuits, filed by creative lawyers seeking to help labor clients, since the relatively streamlined, less-expensive NLRB process for resolving disputes will have been gutted; and would

    •    unfairly force responsible businesses to compete with unscrupulous businesses who seek to profit by taking advantage of their own workers.

    I urge you bear in mind that these bills are not really "pro-business," they are only pro-PREDATORY business. Most responsible businesses actually welcome fair and reasonable enforcement of the labor laws. I would be remiss if I did not note that there is certainly room for improvement here and there, but enactment of these bills would not be an improvement--it would be disastrous. Please vote against each of these bills.

    Kudos to RenMin for bringing to our attention this delicious opportunity to use the Chamber's own weapon against it.

    This is our time. We can do this. We can change the world.

    by Simian on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 01:14:06 PM PST

  •  Freeping Checklist: (0+ / 0-)

    1.  Start Creation/Evolution debates by inventing wacky names for science.

    2.  Complain website does not show proper deference to Our Lord And Saviour, George W. Bush.

    3.  Attempt to comprehend any post by f.Christian.

    4.  Show how Obama is both a double secret Muslim and radical anti-white Christian at the same time.

    5.  fgsfds.

    :V

  •  Mess with their sorry little databases (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe it's my deranged little engineering mind that leads me to screw with the 1%'ers and their technology when I can.

    If the Chamber is stupid enough to give us this opportunity to have them deliver a pro-union message to our congress critters for us, I say do it. Do it all day.

    You can easily protect your privacy but making shit up. TV characters, your favorite 1%'er , whatever.

    Mess up that little database. Protect your privacy. Get our message out. Screw 'em.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by BobBlueMass on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 01:59:43 PM PST

  •  This issue has been deactivated or has expired n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    •  I think (4+ / 0-)
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      you can go here instead.

      I think it is the same form but not sure since I didn't see the previous one. I think they just removed the dailykos link!

      •  Yes that works (2+ / 0-)
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        I just sent the following letter through their website.  My Representative is Jan Schakowsky, and I know people at her office, so I will attempt to check to see if the message actually gets through unaltered:

        I am writing to encourage you to oppose the mis-named H.R. 3094, the "Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act".  The American middle class exists in great measure because of 150 years of hard-fought union victories.  The right to collectively bargain is a fundamentally American right that we support in many nations around the world through the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Labor and Human Rights.  

        Our own State Department funds efforts to establish collective bargaining rights in China.  So why is the Republican majority in Congress and the US Chamber of Commerce so determined to restrict these same rights here in the United States?  The Chamber of Commerce is encouraging me to express my opinion, so I am using their website to do so. Please oppose the following egregious, deceptively named anti-labor bills:  

        No on The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094)

        No on The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587 and S. 1523)

        No on The Job Protection Act (H.R. 1976 and S. 964)

        No on The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 972 and S. 217).  

        I'm writing this from the US Chamber of Commerce website and I will confirm that this message reaches my Representive with the text I intended.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 04:54:26 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  A question about the USCC (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm a child of the 50s & 60s. Back then schools really taught the kids. I still remember, maybe in grade school social studies, having to write a letter to the US Chamber of Commerce (or perhaps just state CCs) to ask about some significant bit of information. Unfortunately my memory only goes back to the event, not what I was looking for. But, does anyone else, say in the northern schools, remember doing this? I'm only asking because from way back then I had no idea the USCC was a political entity.

  •  Here's another to hit (2+ / 0-)
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    I've somehow landed on right-wing mailing lists lately, and get to see all the -crap- propaganda the other side is putting out (when I can stand to open it).

    I just got a letter from Jim DeMint representing the National Right to Work Committee (an anti-union group).

    Deep inside, in the fine print on the otherwise blank back side of the contribution form, there's this statement:

    The Committee is forced to spend precious resources on this activity even though the Committee has always made available to contributors - directly, upon request, and without bureaucratic middlemen - the information the states require.

    The Committee's administrative and mailing costs are increased, and a portion of your contributions is wasted on complying with excessive state, federal and local regulations. We are sorry this diversion of your hard-earned contributions occurs, but we must obey the laws of each state. Here are the paper-consuming, time-squandering results of five states' bureaucratic regulations.

    The committee encourages its members in the referred states below to contact their state legislators and the agencies mentioned to protest these burdensome regulations (with which fraudulent chambers never comply) that burden responsible organizations such as the National Right to Work Committee (R).

    This is followed by statements on how Florida, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania residents may obtain their annual report and financial information.

    In New York, we are requested to write to The Committee at 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, Virginia 22160 or the state attorney general. Other states are directed to contact their state agency. Enclosed I even find a handy post-paid envelope to this same address.

    What's an enterprising Kossack (or is Kogs the more current term) to do? Use this postpaid envelope to request a copy of this report, of course! And if they don't comply, my state's Attorney General may hear about it! Any other New York residents out there may wish to check up on this organization also. After all, I'm sure they want to show they're not one of those fraudulent charities that never comply!

    And hidden below all this legal language, on the back of the contribution form, is some fine-print that because this is a charitable organization, contributions are not tax-deductible (the front of the contribution form makes no mention of this). Isn't this just lovely, that union-busting is a charitable, tax-exempt activity.

  •  Brilliant bit of iJudo, there. (2+ / 0-)
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    I love the way you use the CofC's form against them. Bravo!

  •  CAREFUL! They could just reinsert their language (0+ / 0-)

    and send it under your name. I'd be very skeptical of this strategy. Write this and send it under your name DIRECTLY to Congress. That's better.

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