H.R. 800 Passes House; Free Choice Harmed

By March 1, 2007Labor Unions

The House of Representatives has just passed H.R. 800, the card-check bill known as the Employee Free Choice Act. The vote was 241-185.

We’ll post the roll-call and a statement from NAM President John Engler as soon as they become available.

UPDATE (4:22 p.m.): The roll-call vote is available here. The breakdown: Ayes, 228 Democrats, 13 Republicans; Nays, 183 Republicans, 2 Democrats. Eight did not vote.

The two Democrats voting no were Congressman Gene Taylor of Mississippi and Congressman Dan Boren of Oklahoma. Tough, but gutsy votes.

UPDATE II (4:30 p.m.): The NAM has issued a statement on passage of H.R. 800.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2007 – Responding to passage of a House bill stripping away the right of American workers to vote in a private, secret ballot election when deciding to unionize, National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler warned that this legislation “infringes upon America’s democratic principles, and we vow to fight this legislation in the Senate.”

In a 241-185 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 800, a bill that would replace a federally supervised secret ballot election with a public process called “card check.” This legislation would leave all employees vulnerable to coercion and intimidation during union organizing drives and, for those employees not asked to sign a card, gives them no option to choose, Engler explained.

“The NAM and our members intend to remind them that we take employee rights seriously,” Engler continued. “If employees want to unionize, we should guarantee them a fair and private choice in the matter. Federally supervised secret ballot elections do just that.

“Employees are our greatest asset, and manufacturers are committed to protecting their rights and benefits,” Engler added. “In this aim, we will not falter from our goal.”

UPDATE III (4:44 p.m.): Associated Press story is here.

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  • bob says:

    Where were Reps. Cubin, Jo Ann Davis, Hastings (WA), Inslee, Jefferson, Maloney (NY), Pickering, and Poe that day?