What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Individuals in the Workplace : H.R. 800 (Employee Union Card Check), King of Iowa amendment that would provide that employers are not required to hire individuals seeking employment for the sole purpose of organizing other employees into a union/On agreeing to the amendment (2007 house Roll Call 114)
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H.R. 800 (Employee Union Card Check), King of Iowa amendment that would provide that employers are not required to hire individuals seeking employment for the sole purpose of organizing other employees into a union/On agreeing to the amendment
house Roll Call 114     Mar 01, 2007
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment to a bill aiming to make it easier for workers to join unions. Offered by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the language would provide that employers are not required to hire individuals seeking employment for the sole purpose of organizing other employees into a union, a practice known as "salting."

The bill King was seeking to change would require employers to recognize a new union through what's commonly known as a card-check procedure. Under current law, if a majority of workers within a given organization sign union cards to organize themselves, the union is only formed if the employer consents to its formation. Instead of doing so, companies often steer the election through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a process that makes it considerably more difficult for a union to be recognized because the union has to win an election in which it is opposed by the employers, which hire skilled consultants to wage antiunion campaigns. The legislation would mandate that companies recognize unionizing efforts among their workers if a majority of employees sign cards supporting the union.

Generally, Republicans oppose more expansive collective bargaining rights and many within the party support a rollback of laws guaranteeing workers have the right to join unions. Democrats are generally supportive of such rights and support their expansion.

King's amendment failed on a vote of 164-264. All but two Democrats present voted against it, and 34 Republicans joined 230 Democrats in defeating the amendment. Thus, a bill to make it easier for employees to organize themselves in unions proceeded without language allowing employers to refuse to hire individuals seeking employment for the sole purpose of organizing other employees into a union.

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