Obama's Union Roadblock

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  1. Navy1960

    Navy1960 Senior Member

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    Obama and Biden will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions. He will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Obama and Biden will ensure that his labor appointees support workers' rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama and Biden will also increase the minimum wage and index it to inflation to ensure it rises every year.

    Ensure Freedom to Unionize: Obama and Biden believe that workers should have the freedom to choose whether to join a union without harassment or intimidation from their employers. Obama cosponsored and is strong advocate for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to assure that workers can exercise their right to organize. He will continue to fight for EFCA's passage and sign it into law.
    Fight Attacks on Workers' Right to Organize: Obama has fought the Bush National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) efforts to strip workers of their right to organize. He is a cosponsor of legislation to overturn the NLRB's "Kentucky River" decisions classifying hundreds of thousands of nurses, construction, and professional workers as "supervisors" who are not protected by federal labor laws.
    Protect Striking Workers: Obama and Biden support the right of workers to bargain collectively and strike if necessary. They will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers, so workers can stand up for themselves without worrying about losing their livelihoods.
    Raise the Minimum Wage: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will raise the minimum wage, index it to inflation and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit to make sure that full-time workers earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs.
    Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need | Economy

    Right to work or employment without membership in labor organization

    No person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of non-membership in a labor organization, nor shall the State or any subdivision thereof, or any corporation, individual or association of any kind enter into any agreement, written or oral, which excludes any person from employment or continuation of employment because of non-membership in a labor organization. (Addition approved election Nov. 5, 1946, eff. Nov. 25, 1946; amended November 30, 1982.)

    § 23-1301. Definitions

    In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

    1. "Labor organization" means any organization of any kind, or any agency or employee representation committee or plan, in which employees participate and which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of employment or other conditions of employment.

    2. "Person" includes a natural person, a corporation, association, company, firm or labor organization. (Adopted by Referendum; effective November 22, 1948.)

    Right to Work Laws: Arizona | National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

    With the stated intent of the Obama campaign to take away secret ballots in Union elections allowing any business to organize into a union. It would seem that the Obama campaign will have some difficulty making that case in states like Arizona with right to work laws. IMO by implementing these laws. the people that suffer are the Union workers themselves when the corporations see the benefits of moving operations to states such as Arizona with "right to work laws". In this attempt to help labor it would appear at least on the surface that the Obama policy would more than likely hurt labor.

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