SB 110-15: Worker Democracy Act (Debating)
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« on: August 05, 2022, 12:16:45 PM »
« edited: August 29, 2022, 03:33:44 PM by PPT Spark »

Worker Democracy Act


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to protect secret ballot elections in union certification elections


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Section 1. Title

This Act shall be called the Worker Democracy Act.

Section 2. Protecting secret ballot elections

The Walter Reuther & Cesar Chavez Solidarity Act is hereby repealed.

Section 3. Enactment

This bill shall come into effect ten (10) days after the date of passage.

Sponsor: Mr. R
Status: Debating

The gentleman from Virginia is recognized.
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2022, 01:22:20 PM »

No.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2022, 02:39:40 PM »

To protect the workers, this repeals a ridiculously authoritarian law that eliminated secret ballot elections for union certification. If you are pro-worker, then the workers should be allowed to vote, privately, on their fate. Denying them this vote is anti-democratic and anti-worker and only serves to intimidate the workers.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2022, 03:13:55 PM »

Everything about this bill is anti-worker. What the sponsor doesn’t mention is the fact that this repeals a law that prevented employers from firing or punishing workers for joining a union, forming a union, or otherwise organizing within the workplace. If passed, if an Atlasian worker so much as dares to join a union to advocate for their better wages and working conditions, they stand at risk of losing their job. This proposal attacks farm workers by excluding them from the NLRA of 1935 and denies them all rights and privileges that said law affords. If you want to protect workers, the Senate should vote down this delusive bill.
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2022, 04:46:04 PM »

So far I'm opposed to this legislation. Dismantling unions is not the way to go and can be quite regressive.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2022, 05:27:55 PM »

Move to co-sponsor
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2022, 07:41:23 PM »

Yeah, no.
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2022, 09:41:13 PM »

This has my support.
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2022, 03:44:55 PM »

With no objections DeadPrez is recognized as co-sponsor.

For reference this is the bill being considered for modification/repeal. 
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A BILL

Be it enacted in both houses of Congress Assembled,

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The Walter Reuther & Cesar Chavez Solidarity Act

Section 1:No Fire

1A.) It is hereby unlawful for any employer to fire or discipline any employee for joining a trade union, encouraging colleagues to join a union or attempting to form a union or organize within their workplace.

1B.) Any employer found guilty of breaching Section 1A shall be fined $5,000 after the first breach, $10,000 after the second breach and an additional $20,000 for each subsequent breach.

1C.) The Attorney General shall have the authority to introduce additional fines on companies found to breaching this regulation on successive occasions.

Section 2: Recognition


2A.) A union shall be recognized within any workplace providing that more than 50% of employees submit a signed affirmation in favor of unionization.

2B.) If less than 50% but more than 30% of employees submit a signed affirmation in favor of unionization then a secret ballot shall be held by employees on whether to unionize.

2C.) These signed affirmations may only be publicly accessible in an anonymous manner. No individual workers may be identified by signing an affirmation

Section 3: Solidarity Forever

3A.) Solidarity Strikes, or secondary strikes are hereby legal- under the provision that a ballot of union members is held with more than 50% voting in favor.

Section 4: Farm Workers are Workers

4A.) The National Labor Relations Act 1935 is hereby amended to include farm workers, and no limit shall be placed upon them

Section 5: Level Playing Field

5A.) No employer shall be allowed to limit, control or deny access for their employees to discuss or meet with their union representatives.

5B.) Employers shall not be allowed to use company resources to fund or provide literature or promotional material which encourages their employees not to join, except during a permitted election under section 2B, where a spending limit shall be approved by the National Labor Relations board

5C.) It is hereby illegal for an employer to use any form of surveillance to monitor, track or disrupt the lawful activities of union officials within the workplace.

Section 6: The room where it happens.

6A.) All public limited companies shall have at least 1 trade union appointed official as a sitting and voting member of their board of directors.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2022, 04:01:26 PM »

Amendment

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Worker Democracy Act


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Section 1. Title

This Act shall be called the Worker Democracy Act.

Section 2. Protecting secret ballot elections

 The Walter Reuther & Cesar Chavez Solidarity Act is hereby repealed effective January 1st, 2033.


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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2022, 04:01:55 PM »

Amendment

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Worker Democracy Act


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Section 1. Title

This Act shall be called the Worker Democracy Act.

Section 2. Protecting secret ballot elections

Section 5B of the The Walter Reuther & Cesar Chavez Solidarity Act is hereby repealed.

Section 3. Enactment

This bill shall come into effect ten (10) days after the date of passage.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2022, 04:05:07 PM »

Amendment

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Worker Democracy Act


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Section 1. Title

This Act shall be called the Worker Democracy Act.

Section 2. Protecting secret ballot elections

Section 6A of the The Walter Reuther & Cesar Chavez Solidarity Act is amended by striking “1 trade union appointed official” and inserting “2 trade union appointed officials”

Section 3. Enactment

This bill shall come into effect ten (10) days after the date of passage.
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2022, 04:15:08 PM »

24 hours to object. Senator, do you wish for all these amendments to be added? It seems like by introducing them separately you want just one, not all 3 at once.
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2022, 04:21:32 PM »

24 hours to object. Senator, do you wish for all these amendments to be added? It seems like by introducing them separately you want just one, not all 3 at once.

I’d like a vote to be held on each of them. So the objection period should cover my amendment extending the implementation date.
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2022, 07:31:17 PM »

Respectfully, can Senator WD draft a single amendment to be voted on?
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2022, 07:58:37 PM »

Respectfully, can Senator WD draft a single amendment to be voted on?

No. I have every right to offer amendments, granted they’re constitutional, related to the bill, and not frivolous. All of my amendments meet that criteria.
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2022, 08:02:53 PM »

Respectfully, can Senator WD draft a single amendment to be voted on?

No. I have every right to offer amendments, granted they’re constitutional, related to the bill, and not frivolous. All of my amendments meet that criteria.

Indeed they do. However, multiple separate amendments impede Senate business. It would be best for a single amendment to be devised here.
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2022, 08:05:46 PM »

Respectfully, can Senator WD draft a single amendment to be voted on?

No. I have every right to offer amendments, granted they’re constitutional, related to the bill, and not frivolous. All of my amendments meet that criteria.

Indeed they do. However, multiple separate amendments impede Senate business. It would be best for a single amendment to be devised here.

Voting on amendments is Senate business.
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2022, 08:06:37 PM »

I move to consider the three amendments proposed by WD separately.
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2022, 08:26:08 PM »

I object to all three amendments.
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2022, 10:26:56 PM »

I’m old enough to remember WD coming down hard on other Senators trying to clog the queue with cosmetic amendments.

(And strangely enough, I actually like one of these amendments! But the other two are the literal definition of frivolous that he used the last time he was PPT and posting these all at once is a pretty clear sign that not all of them, at minimum, are made in good faith without intent to gum up Senate proceedings.)
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« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2022, 10:44:10 PM »

I’m old enough to remember WD coming down hard on other Senators trying to clog the queue with cosmetic amendments.

(And strangely enough, I actually like one of these amendments! But the other two are the literal definition of frivolous that he used the last time he was PPT and posting these all at once is a pretty clear sign that not all of them, at minimum, are made in good faith without intent to gum up Senate proceedings.)

Well, that isn’t really my intention. I suppose you can make the case  for the first, but I don’t know how you can argue that substantive changes to the bill, as #2 and #3 make, are frivolous.

Nonetheless I leave my amendments as is for the Senate to take a look at and vote on. More voting and debate is a good thing, folks.
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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2022, 10:47:13 PM »

I’m old enough to remember WD coming down hard on other Senators trying to clog the queue with cosmetic amendments.

(And strangely enough, I actually like one of these amendments! But the other two are the literal definition of frivolous that he used the last time he was PPT and posting these all at once is a pretty clear sign that not all of them, at minimum, are made in good faith without intent to gum up Senate proceedings.)

Well, that isn’t really my intention. I suppose you can make the case  for the first, but I don’t know how you can argue that substantive changes to the bill, as #2 and #3 make, are frivolous.

Nonetheless I leave my amendments as is for the Senate to take a look at and vote on. More voting and debate is a good thing, folks.

Wait, I’m interested in hearing this.

How exactly is #3 a substantive change?
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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2022, 10:59:39 PM »

I’m old enough to remember WD coming down hard on other Senators trying to clog the queue with cosmetic amendments.

(And strangely enough, I actually like one of these amendments! But the other two are the literal definition of frivolous that he used the last time he was PPT and posting these all at once is a pretty clear sign that not all of them, at minimum, are made in good faith without intent to gum up Senate proceedings.)

Well, that isn’t really my intention. I suppose you can make the case  for the first, but I don’t know how you can argue that substantive changes to the bill, as #2 and #3 make, are frivolous.

Nonetheless I leave my amendments as is for the Senate to take a look at and vote on. More voting and debate is a good thing, folks.

Wait, I’m interested in hearing this.

How exactly is #3 a substantive change?

Doubling the voting power of union officials on public limited company’s board of directors and further strengthening the voice organized labor has in the workplace is quite meaningful, I’d like to think.
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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2022, 11:02:08 PM »

I still fail to see what the supposed “controversy” is…Senators are allowed to offer multiple amendments. Is it that our PPT doesn’t want to do his job?
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