Saturday, October 07, 2006

Scumbag Republicans

The Republicans continue to support the rights of corporations over the rights of workers. You'd almost think that the Bible said, "In the beginning, God created corporations and then serfs to staff them." Hard to believe that these people who profess to be Christians ("Love they neighbor as thyself") actually have the audacity to proclaim any belief. Scumbags.

From the Center for American Progress - The Progress Report


In a party-line 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted yesterday to "slash long-time federal labor laws protecting workers’ freedom to form unions and opened the door for employers to classify millions of workers as supervisors." Under the Taft-Hartley Act, supervisors are prohibited from joining unions. In a group of three cases known as "Kentucky River," the Board's decision to classify charge nurses as supervisors means up to 8 million workers may be barred from joining unions. Under the expanded definition, a worker can be classified as a supervisor if "he or she spends as little as 10 percent to 15 percent of his or her time overseeing the work of others," blurring the original intention of the Taft-Hartley act. Even the anti-union authors of Taft-Hartley clarified that they did not intend to deny bargaining rights to "lead workers or others whose jobs do not include major managerial responsibility to hire, fire and discipline other employees." Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) criticized the board for not being thorough enough in its decision. "The board should have heard from workers," DeLauro said, "yet the NLRB has not held oral arguments in a single case since 2001."

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