What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Public Employees : HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote on Pro-Labor (Democratic) Version of Bill. (2002 senate Roll Call 241)
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HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote on Pro-Labor (Democratic) Version of Bill.
senate Roll Call 241     Nov 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Throughout the fall of 2002, Democrats and Republicans wrestled over the question of union protections in the new Department of Homeland Security. The Bush proposal gave the president broad new powers to hire and fire at will and to exclude employees of the department from union representation. The change undermined union protections for as many as 43,000 current employees. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) proposed an amended version that would have required the president to justify any de-unionization in terms of homeland security. With this motion to table Lieberman's amendments, Republicans sought to set aside this vision of homeland security and make way for the Bush plan. Progressives opposed Bush's efforts to eliminate union protections, so they opposed the motion to table Lieberman's version of homeland security. Overcoming their opposition and the opposition of many Democrats, the motion barely passed, 50-47.

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