Thursday, February 17, 2011

NRLB Saved By All House Dems, 60 House Republans

Huffington Post's Ryan Grim:

WASHINGTON - Sixty House Republicans joined with every Democrat to beat back an anti-union amendment on Thursday that would have defunded the National Labor Relations Board, a New Deal-era independent agency that arbitrates labor disputes. The sixty defections come as the Midwest GOP governors in Wisconsin and Ohio are launching direct assaults on public employee unions.

Nine high-ranking Republican members of the Education and the Workforce Committee broke with their party to support the agency, including the chairman, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.). GOP hostility toward organized labor is not a new phenomenon, but the hostility has intensified since Republicans took control of the House; the party went so far as to rename what had been called the Education and Labor Committee, replacing "labor" with "the workforce."

The amendment had been introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and was beaten back by a 250 to 176 tally.

The bastards seem to be mounting an all-out attack on labor today. If it's egregious enough to offend 60 Republans, you know it's bad. This seems to be part of an attempt to undo the entire New Deal, the Great Society and just about everything else progressives have accomplished since about 1930.


  1. You betcha!!! Sigh. My dear departed daddy was president of his local of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and I was a rank and file member of the Communications Workers of America when I worked for Ma Bell and in
    '71 when we hit the streets, the guys about died laughing as I talked a delivery guy out of crossing our picket line. Our local's T-shirts read: "Ma Bell is a Cheap Mother". Actually we had fun -- there was free beer at the union hall. lol

  2. Kay, until this year, I was a member of Local 65-699 of American Federation of Musicians. Because of my disability, I have retired as a musician; I just can't play up to the standard of public performance because of my peripheral neuropathy. Musicians' unions seldom strike (though our Local did once strike the Houston Symphony for good and sufficient reason), but the Local served quite well in pressuring clubs and restaurants into paying scale and providing adequate working conditions. So when I played, it was under a union contract. Ah, those were the days...

  3. Great!!!! Checkout my blog and see what's been happening in Ohio.



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