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  • Latest Action: Mar 10, 2009 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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    • This bill (aka "card check") would change the rules governing the formation of unions, the way first contracts between unions and employers are negotiated, and how employees' rights are enforced. Under the bill, workers would be able to decide whether to hold a secret ballot vote on union formation after a majority of employees have signed union authorization cards, or to have the union certified based on the cards alone. Under the current rules, employers have the power to make that decision. The bill also designates a time line for first contracts to be drawn up between unions and employees and stipulates that if no deal is reached within 120 days, an arbitration panel will render a decision that will be binding for two years. Finally, it would increase the fines employers must pay if found guilty of violating their employees' right to unionize. This bill is organized labor's number one legislative priority, and it is vigorously opposed by the business lobby. Democratic leader are expected to bring it to a vote in the Senate sometime this summer. The big question regarding its passage is whether or not the Democrats can find 60 votes in favor of breaking an inevitable Republican filibuster. The House version is H.R. 1490.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This bill (aka "card check") would change the rules governing the formation of unions, the way first contracts between unions and employers are negotiated, and how employees' rights are enforced. Under the bill, workers would be able to decide whether to hold a secret ballot vote on union formation after a majority of employees have signed union authorization cards, or to have the union certified based on the cards alone. Under the current rules, employers have the power to make that decision. The bill also designates a time line for first contracts to be drawn up between unions and employees and stipulates that if no deal is reached within 120 days, an arbitration panel will render a decision that will be binding for two years. Finally, it would increase the fines employers must pay if found guilty of violating their employees' right to unionize. This bill is organized labor's number one legislative priority, and it is vigorously opposed by the business lobby. Democratic leader are expected to bring it to a vote in the Senate sometime this summer. The big question regarding its passage is whether or not the Democrats can find 60 votes in favor of breaking an inevitable Republican filibuster. The House version is H.R. 1490.

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    • American Federation of Government Employees

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On March 25, 2009, by jazz836062 - My wife is from south-east Texas, where many oil refineries are. Most of the workers on those refineries are apart of a union. One of her ex-boyfriend's father was not part of the union. When the union went on strike and the father was still going to work, the family received death threats and union strikers tried to burn down their house. Those same people would come up to your face and ask(force) you to join the union or pay the consequence. Needless to say I am against this in every: way, shape, and form. The reason for a secret ballot is so that people are not singled out and "influenced" to vote a certain way by force.

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      As noted by jazz836062, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 25, 2009, "My wife is from south-east Texas, where many oil refineries are. Most of the workers on those refineries are apart of a union. One of her ex-boyfriend's father was not part of the union. When the union went on strike and the father was still going to work, the family received death threats and union strikers tried to burn down their house. Those same people would come up to your face and ask(force) you to join the union or pay the consequence. Needless to say I am against this in every: way, shape, and form. The reason for a secret ballot is so that people are not singled out and "influenced" to vote a certain way by force."
    • On March 25, 2009, by ronbar87 - This is not an employee free choice act. It is a way for unions to take total control. It not only is taking away the choice to vote by secrete ballot, but also taking away the right of the people to not be a member if the union is voted in. My state has a right to work law that give us the right to work in a unionized company with out being a member of the union. Personally, I don't think anyone should be forced to be a member of anything they have to pay money to be a part of. And then to have the union tell them how to vote or who to vote for, to spend their due on a candidate that may not be the candidate of my choice. This is supposed to be a free country, forced unionization would take away many freedoms we now have. Supporting certain political candidates can prove to be detrimental to our rights and freedoms. Such as the way the union supported Barack Obama for president, and now everyone is concerned about our rights to own guns.

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      As noted by ronbar87, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 25, 2009, "This is not an employee free choice act. It is a way for unions to take total control. It not only is taking away the choice to vote by secrete ballot, but also taking away the right of the people to not be a member if the union is voted in. My state has a right to work law that give us the right to work in a unionized company with out being a member of the union. Personally, I don't think anyone should be forced to be a member of anything they have to pay money to be a part of. And then to have the union tell them how to vote or who to vote for, to spend their due on a candidate that may not be the candidate of my choice. This is supposed to be a free country, forced unionization would take away many freedoms we now have. Supporting certain political candidates can prove to be detrimental to our rights and freedoms. Such as the way the union supported Barack Obama for president, and now everyone is concerned about our rights to own guns. "
    • On March 12, 2009, by clintbryant - The left wants everyone to be in a union. Unions bring businesses down. See GM, Ford, Chrysler.

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      As noted by clintbryant, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 12, 2009, "The left wants everyone to be in a union. Unions bring businesses down. See GM, Ford, Chrysler."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.560: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ... - March 09, 2011 by opencongress.org - Official government data, breaking news and blog coverage, public comments and user community for S.560 A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to deliver a meaningful benefit and lower prescription drug prices under the Medicare program. ..

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 09, 2011, "Official government data, breaking news and blog coverage, public comments and user community for S.560 A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to deliver a meaningful benefit and lower prescription drug prices under the Medicare program. .." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s560/show)
    • H.R.999: Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act of 2011 ... - March 08, 2011 by opencongress.org - A bill in the U.S. Congress: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to deliver a meaningful benefit and lower prescription drug prices under the Medicare Program. - ... Related Bills. S.560 Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act of 2011

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 08, 2011, "A bill in the U.S. Congress: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to deliver a meaningful benefit and lower prescription drug prices under the Medicare Program. - ... Related Bills. S.560 Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act of 2011" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h999/show)
    • Obama NLRB to Ignore Mid-Term Election Results; intends to ... - December 30, 2010 by The National Right to Work Committee® - “The bottom-line impact of this bureaucratic sop to Big Labor would be very similar to the impact of the mandatory 'card check' legislation, or S.560 and H.R.1409, that union lobbyists tried unsuccessfully to ram through the 2009-2010 ...

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      As noted by The National Right to Work Committee® on December 30, 2010, "“The bottom-line impact of this bureaucratic sop to Big Labor would be very similar to the impact of the mandatory 'card check' legislation, or S.560 and H.R.1409, that union lobbyists tried unsuccessfully to ram through the 2009-2010 ..." (http://www.nrtwc.org/obama-nlrb-to-ignore-mid-term-election-results-intends-to-backdoor-card-check/)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Big Labor's Chilling Alternative to Card Check - August 02, 2009 by Human Events - ... campaign to publicly oppose the Card Check Forced Unionism Bill (S. 560) or any other bill that gives union bosses more power over American workers. ...

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      As noted by Human Events on August 02, 2009, "... campaign to publicly oppose the Card Check Forced Unionism Bill (S. 560) or any other bill that gives union bosses more power over American workers. ..." (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=32954)
    • - July 20, 2009 by Hotel Interactive, Inc. - Dramatic news swept across Washington late last week about a possible breakthrough on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) (S. 560), when a half-dozen US ...

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      As noted by Hotel Interactive, Inc. on July 20, 2009, "Dramatic news swept across Washington late last week about a possible breakthrough on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) (S. 560), when a half-dozen US ..." (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/07/23/18612226.php)
    • The Employee Free Choice Act: From 2003 to Today - July 15, 2009 by Daily Kos - March 10, 2009: Employee Free Choice Act introduced in the House (as HR 1409), with 225 co-sponsors, and as S. 560 in the Senate, with 41 co-sponsors. ...

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      As noted by Daily Kos on July 15, 2009, "March 10, 2009: Employee Free Choice Act introduced in the House (as HR 1409), with 225 co-sponsors, and as S. 560 in the Senate, with 41 co-sponsors. ..." (http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/16/754177/-The-Employee-Free-Choice-Act:-From-2003-to-Today)
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