What: All Issues : Labor Rights : General Union Rights : H.R. 800 (Employee Union Card Check), Foxx of North Carolina amendment that would allow employees to be put on a "do not call or contact" list to avoid solicitation by a union/On agreeing to the amendment (2007 house Roll Call 115)
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H.R. 800 (Employee Union Card Check), Foxx of North Carolina amendment that would allow employees to be put on a "do not call or contact" list to avoid solicitation by a union/On agreeing to the amendment
house Roll Call 115     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. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), the language would require the National Labor Relations Board to promulgate standards so that an employee could request to be on a "do not call or contact" list to avoid solicitation by a union.

The bill Foxx 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. The business lobby, with a heavy push by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said that such a requirement would effectively end secret balloting in union elections, as the cards do not have to be collected blindly, and would open up the possibility of labor unions coercing employees. Labor interests countered that such a change is necessary because the current system allows employers to coerce workers away from unions and to hold up legitimate organizing efforts for years.

Foxx's amendment failed on a vote of 173-256. All but two Democrats present voted against it, and 26 Republicans joined 230 Democrats in defeating the amendment. Thus, a bill to make it easier for employees to organize themselves in unions proceeded without provisions allowing employees to be put on a "do not call or contact" list to avoid solicitation by a union.

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